I started playing the clarinet but at the start of 8th grade I had my first oboe lesson and it was clear that this was my instrument. I got into the top band at Martin County High School my freshman year though I hadn’t been playing oboe for a full year. I thought it was because oboe players are so rare. When we started, I felt so far behind, so I practiced, practiced, and practiced. It paid-off, when at our final concert of that year I had two big oboe solos. I almost passed out before it began, and I was shaking from nerves the whole prior day, but I did well. Shortly after I received the award for Most Improved in Symphonic Band.” In addition to being a member of the Symphonic Band, Leilani is also a member of the Wind Symphony, Treasure Coast Youth Symphony, and Four County Honor Band.