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RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. — Jacob Keller knew he loved being in band. Since sixth grade, he has participated in Russellville concert, marching, honor and pep bands.

Keller plays the trombone and said his favorite part is making something.

"You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't like music," Keller said.

The senior's love for music led him to continue the art and even create his own sound from time to time.

Keller received a $5,500 annual music scholarship to Central Methodist University — Fayette, beginning this fall. The high school will hold its first band scholarship signing for Keller at 10 a.m. today.

"I'm a lot better than I thought I was," Keller said.

He said he will participate in all bands at the university, similar to his high school music career.

Russellville Band Director Nathan Gargus played a big role in his band career. Keller said Gargus took him out of his comfort zone when he came to the district in 2014.

"When he came to this school, it wasn't in very great shape," Keller said. "He let me know that I could be more than a guy who blows through a piece of metal."

Keller said he is excited about starting college, but his major is undecided right now. He is the son of Dave and Debbie Keller.

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