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Macon County tuba player gets full scholarship to Albany State

Who needs a drum roll when you've got the tune of a tuba to announce your success?

That was the setup Friday afternoon as Jajuan Turner announced he's heading to Albany State University this fall.

He was offered four full-ride scholarships for his tuba talent to South Carolina State, Bethune Cookman, Savannah State along with his final choice.


Those scholarships are something made possible with a few keys and a lot of hard work.

"That instrument right there is why I'm here today," he said.

He says it's a craft that's required commitment, especially during the summer.

"It'll be around about 90, 97 degrees and we're out there 8:00 through 5," he said.

But it was never Turner's plan to play the big daddy of the brass section more of a suggestion from his band director.

"When I got in band, I actually wanted to play the drums, but Mr. E looked at me and he said, 'Naw, I'm gonna put you on tuba,'" he said.

That direction turned into a passion.

"When you love something so much you can't give up on it," he said.

Something that gave him not only new opportunities but extended family.

"Mr. E, the band director, gave me that father figure in my life. Not only that the members of Macon County High School marching band were not only members and friends they were like brothers and sisters," he said.

While some people may prefer the beat of a drum to the toot of a tuba, Turner is all about that bass.

Turner starts school this fall. He's majoring in music education and wants to return to Macon County High to teach one day.


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