Markella Paradissis-Wagner – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -The LRHS Band Program is known for challenging its members while providing them with a quality and fun education. It consistently enhances musicians’ talent and character, no matter what they choose to do in life. Sophomore contra Andrew Shelton has taken what he’s learned and applied it on a whole other level.
Shelton auditioned for Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps in December. After a few callbacks, at just 16, he received a contract for the 2018-2019 season in March.
Heat Wave, a fitting name for a corps that travels and rehearses in the hot summer sun, is based in West Central Florida and is committed to developing young performers’ skills not only in music but in life lessons as well. The nonprofit organization plans to participate in many national level competitions.
Shelton stated, “Heat Wave made me feel welcome and excited to play and march with the people I met. I would say I feel nervous and excited for the summer. The experiences I’ve come across change over all camps. With each one I got more and more confident with myself and my playing.”
Despite his youth, Shelton has talent and a hard-working attitude. He’s been involved in music for nearly five years, starting with the trumpet in the sixth grade. He marched trumpet his first year in the Marching Mustang Band and played contra during his second. He also played the bass in a clarinet choir for Solo and Ensemble, a music competition where students perform on stage for judges. He currently plays trumpet in Jazz 2.
Shelton is humorous, dedicated, and sweet. He will undoubtedly go on to achieve incredible musical and personal feats this summer at Heat Wave and beyond in rest of his life.