Stephenville High School junior Katelyn Barry doesn’t just play one instrument in the Yellow Jacket Band, but two — the oboe and marimba.
Barry picked up the oboe in sixth grade and because she can’t march with that instrument, she picked up the marimba to play during marching seasons.
“I don’t really know why I chose the oboe. I was going to play something else and I really wanted to be in percussion,” she said. “So now it’s kind of cool because I get the best of both worlds. I like the marimba because you don’t have to focus on your breathing as much and you can get really into it, but I also like the oboe because it’s difficult and I like being presented with a challenge.”
Barry has competed with both instruments but has been primarily successful with her oboe this year.
“I got to the area round with my oboe and first chair in region,” she said. “And then for solo and ensemble I’m going to state with my oboe. I’m in a trio so we’re slowly working our way up because it’s a hard piece, but we’re getting there. Last year I went to state with my marimba too, so I took two pieces.”
Barry is also gearing up for her next big step.
“I’ve already started working and picking out audition music for college so I can make that sound really good,” she said. “I’m also working on technique.”
Barry said band can be challenging but is already eyeing state again for next year.
“There’s so much time you have to put into it, but it’s definitely worth it. You just have to always be focused and ready to go,” she said. “I really want to make it to the state round again with my oboe.”
When asked what she loves about music in general, Barry replied, “It’s kind of like my escape. When I’m having a bad day I just play or listen to music and everything's better. It’s like a different little world.”
Though Barry wants to continue music in college, her major will be in pediatric oncology nursing.
“I’ve just always wanted to help people and I feel a special calling to be in oncology,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m cut out for it, but I really want to try and I just love children and want to be there to help.”