3 FHS brass players headed to All-State

Three Frenship High School brass players will go to the Texas Music Educators Association conference in San Antonio this month as All-State musicians.

Joseph Lynch, Austin Harville and Hilary Kamau, all seniors, were named to the All-State bands last month.

Hilary is headed to his second All-State convention; he was also named to the All-State band as a trumpet player last year.

This year, it was harder preparing for the auditions, Hilary said.

“You’re going against the same people as you did last year, and they all know you, they’re coming after you,” he said.

Hilary, who came to the United States seven years ago from Kenya, said he hopes that as a second-year All-Stater, he can absorb more of the TMEA conference.

“I know I’m going to meet some great people,” he said.

Next year, he hopes to attend the University of North Texas, where he is contemplating majoring in neuroscience, but also hopes to study jazz.

Hilary said he likes to play both classical and jazz trumpet, but he particularly loves jazz because, as he says, “Jazz is more free.”

Austin made the All-State band for the first time, but he said he has tried out for four years.

“I think that the potential was always there,” Austin said. “I feel like I just never worked hard enough.

“This year, I put my best foot forward to practice and practice and practice more and more, and it really worked out.”

Austin said he is excited about the convention because it is one of the largest in the world.

“There’s going to be a lot of people and a lot of excitement and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” Austin said.

He said he is thinking about majoring in music at Texas Tech.

Lynch also tried out all four of his years in high school, but this is his first year to make the top bands in the state.

He said he originally wanted to play trombone or trumpet, but his fate was sealed when he picked up a tuba.

“The first time I picked up a tuba, people said I was good at it,” he said. “It’s fun; we’re dark.”

Lynch is hoping to major in music performance at Tech.

“I think I only got serious (about playing) probably last year when I knew I was going to be a major,” he said.

He is excited about playing at All-State.

“Because the music I’ve seen is pretty good,” Lynch said.

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