Winters Mill High School junior Scott Taylor practices on the French horn for at least an hour a day.
That dedication has paid off for Taylor, who recently was named a member of the 2013 All-National Honor Band.
"Just the opportunity to play with the best musicians in the nation, that really excites me," Taylor said.
Taylor, 16, will travel to Nashville in late October as part of the 2013 All-National Honor Band sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NafME). The band represents the top performing high school musicians in the country.
The All-National Honors Ensembles, which consists of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of the National Association for Music Education.
The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble will have 20 instrumentalists and the mixed chorus will have 350 vocalists.
These students will prepare challenging music that will be performed under prominent conductors Peter Boonshaft, Miriam Burns, Roll Dilworth, and Rodney Whitaker.
Taylor auditioned via a video submission in May of this year and learned of his selection in September.
Taylor said he was "really excited" when he learned he was accepted.
"It was definitely a big step for my music career," he said.
Taylor will be one of more than 670 high school students in the country to perform at a gala concert in Nashville.
He is a member of the Winters Mill wind ensemble, brass quintet, and jazz ensemble, as well as community and collegiate ensembles. He is also a member of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Taylor has been playing the french horn since seventh grade. He made the All-State Band last year, which qualified him for the All-National band.
Taylor, who has never been to Nashville, said he is most excited to play with the best high school musicians in the nation.
"I'm just very excited to go and I can't wait to see what it's like," he said.
After being unable to chose an instrument in seventh grade, Taylor said he chose the french horn because he wanted to play an instrument that isn't commonly chosen by students.
With his instrument chosen, he found a private tutor and from then Taylor said he has been playing as much as possible, predominantly classical music.
Taylor said he plans to continue playing the french horn through music, possibly majoring in music.
"When I have the time, I'll always play music," he said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun