Unsung Hero leads by example

Lexie Crawford

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Highlands High School has dozens of programs, and since there are so many, some become incredibly under appreciated. In those programs, there are also many students who don’t get much credit for all the hard work they put into their passion. Highlands award-winning band, both in concert and marching band, has many fantastic musicians. When Mrs. Lori Duncan, Highlands band director, was asked who she considered her “unsung hero,” she chose Gabby Foster, 10th-grade flautist.

Gabby has been participating in band for six years. She is currently involved in Highlands concert band, marching band, jazz band, flute choir and pep band. Mrs. Duncan said, “ Gabby excels in every band program she is a part of at Highlands!” Although she joined band in fifth grade because she was just looking for an extracurricular, she has grown to love it. Band has also given her many skills that she uses today.

“I’ve become a better leader over the years and more team-oriented because of the family dynamic in the band. We’re a really tight-knit group of people and I’ve therefore become more open and empathetic,” said Gabby.

Band has also given Gabby an ability to manage time. Between balancing three advanced placement (AP) courses, three advanced courses, archery, and her many band activities, having that skill alongside being a disciplined student and having a good work ethic has been very helpful. Band gives students many opportunities, and Gabby has used those to her advantage. Last year, she performed in the Northern Kentucky select band and at the Northern Kentucky solo and ensemble festival. This year, she’s auditioning for ensembles across the area and state as well.

Gabby gets a variety of other opportunities in band, too. She said, “I’ve volunteered, played in bands across the Tri-State area, gone on a great deal of trips to competitions and performances, and met new friends in the program and from other schools.” Having experiences such as these are a great thing to show colleges.  Since Gabby wants to continue to have music as a hobby, if not a career, being in band will impact her future in a positive way.

Mrs. Duncan said, “Gabby is an amazing flute player. She is dedicated to taking her performance abilities to the next level through practice and private lessons. She leads the band by example. She is an asset to the band program and a great mentor to our younger players.”

Thanks to her hard work and dedication, Gabby truly shows Highlands love for achieving greatness.

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Unsung Hero leads by example