As a young girl Kellsie Ruiz didn’t want to fit in.
“I wanted to be different,” she said.
With a passion for music she joined the band in the sixth grade playing the clarinet but felt it wasn’t for her. She asked her band director to switch instruments but was denied.
The next year she asked him to play the tuba, but was once again denied.
In the eighth grade things were looking up for Ruiz. She was finally allowed to play her instrument of choice, the tuba, because there were no other tuba players.
“My favorite part of playing the tuba would be the challenge,” she said.
Ruiz graduated from Sabine High School in 2013 and is starting her second year as a member of the Ranger Band.
Ruiz earned first chair and section leader honors during tryouts last spring and is now over 11 tuba players.
As the only female in her section, she will continue to stand out while marching.
“I really want to explore and experiment with vocals this year,” Ruiz said, “Maybe look into musical theatre.”
In addition to playing the tuba, she also has a strong singing voice. Oftentimes she can be seen singing, dancing or a combination of both.
Ruiz plans to transfer Texas A&M University – Commerce and earn a degree in musical education.
WANT TO JOIN THE BAND? n It’s not too late to be part of the largest Ranger Band in nearly a decade, said Glen Wells, band director. Scholarships are available and band members have several performance opportunities throughout the year.
Stop by the Band Hall behind Masters Gym and talk to Wells or call him at 903-983-8272.