"I don't think anything brings me as much happiness than getting to sit down and read music."
Brissa Fraire, flutist for the Dalton High School Band, recently qualified for the Georgia All-State band through the Georgia Music Educator's Association (GMEA).
The GMEA sponsors several different divisions such as orchestra, chorale and band. Each year, the program showcases some of the brightest and most talented students across the state of Georgia.
To achieve such recognition is no easy task. Students who have a desire to be selected need to undergo an intense competitive audition process. If chosen, they rehearse with their peers throughout the span of three days to prepare for a concert conducted by a nationally recognized music educator.
Seven years prior to auditioning for All-State, Fraire had discovered her passion for band.
"I started in sixth grade and I've been playing for seven years now which sounds like a lot but it doesn't feel like a lot," Fraire said. "I really liked it and I just put a tiny bit more effort than everyone else and each year it would amount to more and more."
She described her experience as a prestigious honor due to the high expectations and rigor each student is held accountable for.
"Every single person you're sitting next to is just as good as you or better," Fraire said. "Everyone is thinking a lot about what they're doing and that they have to put in a lot of effort. They want to be there and you can feel it in rehearsal."
Fraire spoke about her aspirations of attending a college where she can continue to pursue her goals as a flutist.
"I really like what I do and I've tried doing a lot of other things," Fraire said. "I don't think anything brings me as much happiness than getting to sit down and read music."