This week’s Band Member of the Week is sophomore Stoney Shelton. Shelton plays the Clarinet for the North Lamar Marching Band. For four years, Stoney has been a member of the Panther Band. It was his connection to music that made him want to join in the first place, but that’s not the only reason.
”What 6th grader wouldn’t take the chance to be extremely obnoxious to his/her siblings or parents with a loud instrument?” - Stoney says about why he chose to be in the band.
As far as why he chose the clarinet:
”Honestly,” he says. “I just wanted to play it because squidward did.”
Like all the band members this year, Shelton was a part of the state champion team last year. He calls the moment indescribable.
”Any differences we had with other didn’t matter. We were all in the moment, doing what we knew best.”
Stoney is also a drum major for the band. Stoney’s description of a drum major includes inspiring others, serving others for the better sake of the band, make sure the sound system is good as well as the metronome and giving small critiques to other band members. They also conduct the music as well as the stand tunes at the football games.
”Being a drum major is a tough job with lots of responsibilities.”
Stoney is also in BETA at North Lamar. Even though he is only in the tenth grade, Shelton is already planning for life after high school. Stoney would like to attend UNT for music. When he’s not playing an instrument, Stoney likes to eat and try new things. He also says he likes to watch TV and just chill.
Let’s get to know Stoney a little better:
What is your favorite:
Food: Pretty much anything from Whataburger
Song: Anything that I can connect with or jam to.
Band/singer: Anyone with a voice that connects to me.
TV show: Either “Family Guy” or “American Dad”.
Book: The Great Gatsby.
Subject in school: Band and Science
If you could go one place on earth where would it be? I would go to Ireland because its probably really pretty there.
If you can have dinner with one person dead or alive, who is it? I would have dinner with Leonard Bernstein
If you could go back in time and witness one event live and in person what event is it? I would witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Congratulations Stoney Shelton on being the Band Member of the Week