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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:38 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

A Copperas Cove High School senior and drum major’s love of music may lead her to march on Longhorn Field after she graduates as a top performing student.

Katie Blalock is one of four drum majors hand-selected by Copperas Cove High School band director Randy Kelley.

“She is an awesome student, very dedicated,” Kelley said. “She has proven herself time and time again through her leadership, compassion and maturity, which are all factors I take into consideration when choosing a drum major.”

Blalock has played the saxophone in Copperas Cove schools for seven years. Playing the instrument is a family tradition.

“My mom and dad both played the saxophone,” she said. “I tried it and found out that I was good at it. So, I stuck with it.”

Attended band camps

While in seventh and eighth grade, Blalock attended the University of Texas’ Longhorn Band Camp. She recently applied to attend the Butler School of Music at UT-Austin.

“(The camp was) when I really got into it and made a decision that I wanted to go to the University of Texas,” she said. “I attended the UT band camp again this past summer. So, I have had a lot of experience with the UT band program.”

Attending the summer band camps at UT may give Blalock an advantage in achieving her goals with the Longhorn Band.

“Essentially, the band camp is a marching clinic,” said Jenna Wright, an aide in the Longhorn Band office. “Participants learn how the Longhorn Band looks and how the band specifically marches.”

14th in class

Holding a 4.3 grade point average and ranking 14th in her class of about 500, Blalock is expected to attend Longhorn Band auditions in May.

Blalock, who would like to become a high school band director, has plans to major in music education with an emphasis in music performance — band and choir.

“I love what our band directors get to do every day,” Blalock said. “I would love to get to do it every day, too.”

She spends about 10 hours a week at band practice during the school year and countless hours during the summer. Yet, she still finds time to help others. Blalock attends the Copperas Cove Church of Christ.

“Nearly every Sunday, our youth group will do a devotional with prayer, singing, and scripture reading at Hill Country Nursing Home,” Blalock said. “This lets the older ladies and gentlemen get to have a church service.”

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