Four Zachary High band students will continue making music in college thanks to offers from three Louisiana universities and a Mississippi school.
Seniors Rhashan Brazelton, Eric Scherrer, Christian Slaughter and Anthony Stewart inked scholarships May 14 at a signing ceremony attended by family and fellow ZHS bandmates.
“You have all worked very hard in your high school band careers,” said ZHS band director Jason Venable. “I’m proud of all of you, but you have all earned these opportunities.”
Brazelton, 18, received an offer from LSU after an audition that included three classical songs by famed composers Bach and Beethoven.
“Yeah, it was kind of intense,” Brazelton said. “I auditioned in front of seven judges, but they called me back.”
The teen is one of five children of Sebastian and Monique Brazelton and has been playing piano since age 6. His older brother attends LSU.
“We’re so proud, and we’re all so excited,” said Monique Brazelton, of her son’s commitment to LSU.
Scherrer, 18, a member of the ZHS color guard, said after hearing the choir from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and learning of the school’s art program, he decided to audition for the color guard.
“The music department stuck with me, and I got an opportunity to try out,” said Scherrer. “I had to learn a routine and try out the same day in front of four people, but I wasn’t that nervous.”
Scherrer said his family is excited for his opportunity. His parents are Jill and Dave Scherrer.
A trombone player since the sixth grade, Christian Slaughter, 17, received an offer from Southern University’s Marching Band, also known as the Human Jukebox.
Slaughter said his tryout was in front of one person, and he was judged on a 30-point scale.
“I called them for a tryout and made a 25,” said Slaughter, who plans to major in biology.
He is the son of Anetria and Christopher Slaughter and has one sister, Allegra.
Anthony Stewart, 18, began playing the trumpet in sixth grade, and since middle school, it’s been a dream of his to become part of the Sonic Boom of the South, Jackson State University’s marching band.
“Throughout high school, I really pushed myself with the goal in mind of one day playing for this band,” said Stewart. “I’ve seen the band play for many years, but really fell in love with it in 2010. It’s a very powerful band with a dark style yet very technical, and the brass section, the trumpets, are very strong.”
Stewart says the unique style and sound of Sonic Boom are the main reasons he applied to Jackson State.
After an audition that he says he “blew through,” the school called.
“They really liked what I did and offered me a full scholarship. I’m so excited, and everyone is so thrilled for me,” said Stewart, who is the son of Anita and Craig Stewart.