THS student set for repeat trip to state band
In just a few short days, Tonganoxie High School senior Ryan Brammer will make history once again by repeating his trip to Wichita for the all-state band.
Brammer, who will be playing his tenor saxophone in the 1A-4A All-State band at the Kansas Music Educators Association Conference, has been jamming on his instrument for about five years.
Last year Brammer, along with Rex Hancock and Ryan Wolfe, became the first in school history to perform in the all-state band.
“I was pretty psyched,” Brammer said about making the band once again. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. It’s one of those things where I know I made it last year and, logically, I should make it again this year, but I wasn’t sure and I was pretty nervous.”
When the list of who made the cut came out, Brammer said he was upset not to see Hancock’s name there. Brammer then found out that Hancock made the 1A-6A All-State Orchestra and would be traveling with Brammer to Wichita.
Even though he is repeating his trip to the state band Brammer once again did not make first chair.
He still was sore about the subject.
“I was kind of mad because I heard the girl that beat me last year, I heard her audition and I personally thought I did a little better, but you know it’s not my opinion that counts,” he said.
After the state concert and graduation, Brammer is looking to continue playing his saxophone academically while he works toward engineering degrees.
“I’ve really wanted to do engineering for a long time, but at the same time I wanted to do something with music,” he said.
Brammer found out about specializing in sound engineering at Kansas University.
He has a scholarship lined up to play his sax with the Kansas City Kansas Community College jazz band.
Afterward, he wants to go to KU to finish his undergraduate and get a master’s in engineering.
Brammer and Hancock will be performing at the conference, which will be held Feb. 26-28 at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center in Wichita.