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Alexis Smith, 17, is a full-time boarding student at Interlochen Arts Academy.
Alexis Smith, 17, fell in love with trombone after having a terrible experience with piano.
"I started playing piano in the first grade, and I vehemently despised it," she recalls. "I was bad at it, I hated practicing, and it wasn't long before I quit piano and music entirely."
Cut to the fourth grade, when Alexis and the other students in her class were all given the choice of joining band or orchestra.
"Band was 'the thing' to do so that's what I joined," she says. "I went to band camp for a week, and every day we got to try a new instrument. I picked trombone on the first day and fell in love with it immediately."
These days, Alexis is so serious about music that she attends Interlochen Arts Academy as a full-time boarding student.
She performs Leonard Bernstein's Elegy for Mippy II.