Nohlan Lawson, a junior at Jennings County High School and a section leader in the marching band, recently shared his thoughts about his band experiences.

Q: How many years have you been in band?

A: I have been in band for six years.

Q: What instrument do you play?

A: I play the trumpet.

Q: What is your favorite aspect of band?

A: The family environment. I like the connection that you get with the people around you.

Q: Have you learned any important skills since joining?

A: I’ve learned a lot about time management and self-discipline, and being really deliberate with my actions.

Q: What’s your favorite piece to play?

A: My favorite piece to play is “In the Stone,” by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Q: Would you recommend joining band to other students? Why?

A: Yes. All of the people are really nice, and it’s an environment for you to get away from other aspects of your life. It’s a safe haven, really.

Q: How has band impacted your life?

A: Band has impacted my life by letting me express myself in ways that other classes can’t, such as getting out and interacting with people on a larger scale than a sports team or a club.

Q: What made you decide to join band?

A: I have always had a passion for music, and I have always loved how music expresses many different emotions and how it touches people across nations.

Q: How do you feel about this year’s show?

A: It’s the best one yet in our three years of competing. It’s more musically inclined.

— By Carlotta Nixon For The Republic