Though Reese Wilson is only in his sophomore year at Stephenville High School, he’s making quite a bit of headway playing the tenor saxophone in the Yellow Jacket marching band, the Jazz Band and gearing up for an ensemble performance at the state competition next month.

Wilson first began playing the tenor sax in sixth grade.

“One of my cousins played it and I really liked listening to it, so I decided I would play it myself,” he said.

Wilson is a member of the Jazz Band and even made first chair honors this year.

“I’ve always liked jazz and I thought it would be really fun to get the opportunity to play it,” he said. “Now that I’m in jazz band it really is a whole lot of fun. Jazz is really upbeat and we get to play all different styles like blues and dance.”

Throughout competition season Wilson made second chair for Region Top Band, first chair honors and will be playing in the state ensemble contest next month.

“We’re working really hard together and trying to perfect the music right now,” he said.

Next year, Wilson plans to change things up a little by switching instruments.

“Next year I really hope to march alto sax and definitely go for that first chair spot for All Region Band,” he said. “Tenor gets a lot of easy music and I want to try the harder stuff with the alto.”