French horn player wins Outstanding Soloist award at UIL state meet

Travis Elias shows off his Outstanding Soloist award he received at the UIL State Meet in May.

The Magnet Tribune: Milton Hattem

Travis Elias shows off his Outstanding Soloist award he received at the UIL State Meet in May.

Milton Hattem, Staff Writter

Senior Travis Elias, who also attends Martin High, received a state UIL Outstanding Soloist award in May.

Elias, a French horn player, performed Concerto in F Major, Opus 40 by Geodike.

Elias, then a junior, was one of only two students that day to win an award. It was a rather unexpected achievement, he said.

Elias said he felt nervous and excited at the same time.

When asked what his musical goal was, he said, “I only have one, to make it to the Texas all-state band.”

He explained what it takes for someone to go to UIL state.

“A lot of practice, determination, and to be dedicated,” he said. “It took two months of practice to prepare for UIL. When I got there I was nervous, but I’ve gotten used to it throughout the years.”

High brass instructor Robert Lopez spoke about Elias’s achievement. He said only a few receive this award.

“I was very proud of him, very excited, and felt a lot of emotion because it is a very high level accomplishment,” Lopez said.

A lot of practice, determination, and to be dedicated.”

— Travis Elias

Lopez explained what it takes to go to UIL state.

“It takes a lot hard work, dedication, and attention to detail, mostly,” he said.

“VMT students are very capable and talented to accomplish so I’m pretty sure he won’t be the last one,” Lopez added.

Elias said that during practice that he had to work on the details, and that the practice was good once he was satisfied with it.

He added that his parents weren’t very fond of the idea of him playing French horn, but they supported him nonetheless.

The award was an accomplished goal, but was not his main goal, Elias said.