Enterprise High School music student selected to national honor band

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ENTERPRISE, AL. (WTVY) - They say hard work pays off and for Joan Warner…it's paying off in a huge way.

"I was just like why not...go for it!" says Warner.

Warner is the first ever Enterprise High School student be included in the Honor Band of America.

Joan Warner, Senior at Enterprise High School says "I try to practice for 30 minutes a day but it doesn't always work out with my schedule but just as much as I can."

Warner has been playing the French horn since the sixth grade.

"I wanted to play the clarinet at first and so my beginning band director, when we were trying out all the instruments, he showed me the French horn and he was like "You don't want to play the clarinet, you want to play this." So I tried to play it and I got a sound on like the first try," replied Warner.

Sean Weiler, Band Director at Enterprise High School, says "She made the honor band as a middle school student for the state of Alabama, so I kind of knew that she was a special kid and she had a lot going for her."

Weiler says this is only the beginning for his student.

"When she did this, I was excited and just so happy for her because she works really, really hard. She's been a section leader in our marching band for three years. She's been our principal chair in our top group for the past...every year since she's been in high school. She's just a remarkable kid and she really likes to work hard," says Weiler.

For Warner…music is more than just notes on a sheet of paper.

"It can definitely change lives...like it has mine. So, it gives you an outlet to express yourself where nothing else can. For some people it's athletics, for some it's academics...but for me it's music," replied Warner.

Warner is a senior and plans to further her education in music at the University of Alabama.

The Music for All National Festival will be taking place in major venues throughout Indianapolis.