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Perryville student wins MO first chair clarinet in the All-State Band

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A Perryville High School band member plays his heart out to make it to the top.    

He recently received an amazing honor, top clarinet player in the state.

"I wasn't expecting this, because you're competing against the best high school clarinetist across Missouri," Alex Laws said.

He has played the clarinet since the sixth grade.

Now in his final year of high school, Alex said its always been his goal to make it to the top. 

"I've auditioned for state band three times in the past," he said. "So it's always been a goal and I want to prepare the best and give my best and audition and share my love of music."

And all that effort paid off when Alex found out he'd been named first chair clarinet for the Missouri All-State Band.

"This person behind the counter pointed at somebody and asked what's your name and they pointed at me and asked what's your name and I said Alex Laws and they said congratulations do you want first chair in the All-State Band, first chair in the MO All-State Orchestra, or E-flat clarinet."

His studio instructor Bill Fischer said the audition process for clarinets is very competitive with hundreds of students vying for a spot.

"You never know how a student is going to do. I always told Alex the judge is basing their judgment on the one moment that you do. I told him what to do and he did it and rocked it so," Fischer said.

And know that he's living his musical dream, Alex said to never give up on yours.

"Music is something that enhances life and anyone with enough practice can achieve such a thing so if someone wants to do this and aspire to make the all-state band just practice, practice, practice," he said.

Alex is now practicing for the All-State Band performance at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference at Lake of the Ozarks in January.

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