Lampasas High School junior Coby Campbell managed to place 11th in the Association of Texas Small School Bands All-State band, earning a performance with the prestigious group. He is the third student in 50 years to make the band.

The Oakalla resident said he has been in band since sixth grade, playing the flute.

“They made me try out for all the instruments,” he said of tryouts for beginning students. “And I got the best score in percussion and the worst in flute. I picked flute.”

He practices at least 10 hours a week and had to memorize pieces to perform during the all-state auditions. He played at the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio on Feb. 17.

“I just feel like another flute player,” Coby said. “But other people don’t seem to think like that.”

He credited the two new assistant directors to the band’s program, who he said helped the sections tremendously.

“I feel like the new directors have something to do with that – [director Richard] Hooper pushing us, the new woodwind directors,” Coby said.

He has set his eyes on playing for the All-State Band next year, aiming to be one of the few LHS students to make the all-state level twice in their careers.