ELKINS - Practice makes perfect, and Elkins High School senior Andrew Tenney spends about an hour a day practicing his trumpet. Through his dedication and commitment, he has earned a spot in the 2014 All State Band. This is the second year Tenney has achieved this honor.
The 2014 All State Band had just 15 spots for trumpeteers, and Tenney said he is glad he made the cut.
"The audition consisted of five minutes with a judge, performing music and sight-reading," Tenney said. "I take trumpet lessons from Adam Loudin, of Buckhannon. My work with him is the main reason I was able to make the All State Band."
This is not the first honor Tenney has achieved in music.
"This year will make the third time I have gone to the West Virginia University Honor Band," Tenney said. "It is my fifth year of the high school all county band, and I was in the Tournament of Bands All Star band for two years."
Tenney, who is the son of Steven and Michelle Tenney, has played in the Elkins High School Band for four years, and jazz band for three years.
"I served as the trumpet section leader for two years, and I was a Mountain State Forest Festival royal trumpeteer for two years," Tenney said.
Tenney began playing the trumpet when he was in fifth grade at North Elementary School.
"I chose the trumpet because my arms were not long enough to play the trombone," Tenney said, laughing. "Playing trumpet is something I am good at. I love music and it's what I do."
After Tenney graduates from high school, he plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and major in music education.
"I intend to pursue a career in music education. I don't know if I want to teach at a middle or high school, but I definitely want to be a music instructor."
Tenney offers time-tested advice for music students.
"Practice makes perfect," Tenney said. "You just have to be willing to do it."