Spotlight on youth: French horn player Abby Webster's musical accomplishments go beyond the band room

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) If you know Abby Webster, you know music is a big part of her life. The South High School senior said music's always been in her bones. It's a talent that came natural to her and one she hopes to continue to pass on to others.

Abby Webster during symphonic band at South High School.

We caught up with Abby during symphonic band class to feature her for this week's spotlight on youth. Abby took up the French horn in 6th grade, but there's an interesting story behind why.

"My mom actually had one in our basement, she was a French horn player all throughout high school and a little bit into college before she got too deep into her major," said Webster.

For as long as she can remember, music has always been a part of her life.

"I've seen like in photo albums my mom has where I'm like barely even 1, I'm barely old enough to stand just playing the first few notes on the piano," she said.

Abby's mom wanted her to learn a unique instrument, so following in her footsteps, the French horn it was. Her musical accomplishments go beyond the band room. Abby is a member of the Anchorage Youth Symphony and Anchorage Symphony. She also works at a local music store mentoring and educating other up and coming musicians.

"It was kind of like a summer job but turned into something so much more because I saw all these 6th graders choosing really common instruments and I saw myself like I want to play flute, I want to play saxophone and so I've been trying to encourage these kids to play these lesser-known instruments because of all the opportunity they've given me," said Webster.

Back in school, band maybe Abby's home base, but her love of music plays on.

"It's just made me so much more confident in myself and my ability not only to play music but just how I act day today," she said.

Abby wants to attend Northern Arizona University and major in nursing and French horn performance.

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