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12 year-old trumpeter heads to nationals

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Published on Jan 21, 2011

DRY RIDGE, Ky

Grant County Middle School student will play in Washington D.C. at the National Trumpet Competition's Junior Division in March.

While many students sat at home and played video games, watched movies or maybe even braved the cold to build a snowman, 8th grader Cassidy Mullins leafed through sheet music and practiced her trumpet.

"I didn't expect to get this far with it," said Mullins. "I just thought it was an extra curricular activity."

Her activity earned her first chair on the Northern Kentucky Select Band this year. Last year at the age of 11, she was 3rd Chair.

"I'm a competitive person," she explained.

"I think she's very grounded," Cassidy's mom Lisa explained. "She's very driven [and] goal oriented for a 12 year-old."

Cassidy practices a lot. So much that a physical side effect shows up on her lip, a red ring from the trumpet's mouth piece.

"It looks like I've been kissed by the trumpet," Cassidy said while giggling.

Her three day competitive trip will place her against eight other trumpet players out of hundreds who applied nationally.

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