Hometown: Farmerville, LA
Major: Music, with a concentration in Music Education
Expected Graduation: Spring 2016
About Amy Royal by Dr. Randall Sorensen
Amy is an outstanding student who has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her academic career. She was the 2014-2015 Music Student of the Year and the recipient of the 2014 Laverne Irvine Scholarship. Amy performs in a wide variety of music ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Hoop Troop, and the Band of Pride. She is the current president of the Tech chapter of the National Association for Music Education. Amy is a student of Mr. Lawrence Gibbs and recently performed an outstanding senior saxophone recital featuring graduate school level literature. Amy is also the student manager for music concert recording. She will be graduating this spring and plans to attend graduate school.
Reflections and Advice from Amy
I chose to attend Louisiana Tech University for many reasons. I was born and raised in Farmerville, Louisiana, so I have always been close to Tech. Many of my family members, including my brother, have attended Tech over the years, so I came to the campus many times before I became a student. The main reason I decided to come to Tech was because of the saxophone professor, Mr. Lawrence Gibbs. In January 2012, I auditioned for Mr. Gibbs. After that audition, I could not wait to come to Tech and be one of his students. I am very pleased with my decision to come to Tech. I have made many friends and received so many opportunities that have helped me become the person I am today.
There have been many moments that made Tech a special experience. One memorable moment was marching in Joe Aillet Stadium for the first time with the Band of Pride. My high school band did not march, so I was very excited to experience a real marching band. While that was my first time marching, my last time was in the superdome for the bowl game in New Orleans. Marching with the Band of Pride has been such as enjoyable experience over my four years at Tech. Another amazing experience I had at Tech was becoming music student of the year in 2014-15. I was so honored to have been chosen by my professors as deserving of this award. I also traveled with the Tech Saxophone Choir to the Boardwalk and Bass Pro Shop in Shreveport in 2013. We played Christmas music and raised money for the National Association for Music Education. I had an amazing time playing music with my friends and raising money for an organization close to my heart.
My best advice to incoming students is to give every class your best. There will always be the class that challenges you beyond your idea of your capabilities, but use those classes to challenge yourself. Find something to take out of every class, even the required classes that are not in your major. There is so much to learn, and you have been given this opportunity to gain as much knowledge as you want. Embrace the challenges that you face as a means to create the person you are going to be. Jim Robken, the Director of Bands at Tech, tells his students that adversity builds character. My advice to you is to use every opportunity, both good and bad, to learn and grow individually.