Senior Hunter Roach shares his musical talents through many avenues. One way those talents can be seen is during a performance by the Pride of Paoli marching band.
This marching band season, Roach is featured throughout the show. In the first part, he plays the soprano saxophone in a duet with sophomore Michael Hannon, who plays the alto saxophone. In the second part, Roach performs another duet with Hannon and they both play the soprano saxophone. In the final part, Roach is a part of a saxophone quartet, in which he plays the soprano, Hannon plays the alto, sophomore Angie Ceja plays the tenor and freshman Brody Wilcox plays the baritone.
“My favorite part of the show so far is in part two. ‘Gabriel’s Oboe,’ the music for part two, has always been one of my favorite pieces,” said Roach.
While he is featured numerous times in the show, Roach is no stranger to the spotlight. Roach has performed many solos and group features in past band shows, as well as in concert band. One of his proudest achievements was making it into the All State Band as a first part. After auditioning, Roach was selected to be a member, making him one of the top high school musicians in the state of Indiana.
“Being a senior feels a lot better than being a junior. I expect good things this year because we have a lot of potential as individuals, so all we need is to coordinate our efforts,” said Roach.
After graduating high school, Roach plans on going to study business at Indiana University.
“I will miss the large group of friends that comes with being in the band, but my message is to not listen to anyone because the size of the band makes no difference,” said Roach.
Story by Michael Hannon