Tygarts Valley trumpeter selected to honors band

MILL CREEK – A Tygarts Valley High School band member has been selected to perform in the All State Honors Band at West Virginia University Feb. 13-15.

Dylan R. Winans, 17, of Huttonsville, was nominated for the honor by his band director, Josh Tharp.

Dylan has played trumpet for six years, and was the only TVHS music student selected to serve. This is his first year for the award, and Dylan said he was surprised by the nomination.

“I have served as section leader, (and been honored for) best overall band performance and the most dedicated band member,” Dylan said. “My former music director, Natalie Dennis, had a huge influence on my music.”

Dylan said his parents are very supportive of his interest in music.

“My parents, Robert and Tonya Winans, and my brother Erik, support my love of playing music and are always there for me,” Dylan said.

Dylan also plays the piano and guitar. He said he plans to continue his education.

“I have thought about going to college after high school to become a band director,” Dylan said. “I would also like to attend WVU and be a member of the WVU Marching Band.”

Dylan said success in music is achieved through dedication and the willingness to go the extra mile.

“If you want to achieve, you must be willing to give up your time to succeed,” Dylan said. “I never thought I would get this honor, and I am super excited to be a part of this. I can’t wait to attend the All State Honor Band and perform with other students chosen for this great honor.”

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