Western Illinois University hosts its annual Horn Festival

Western Illinois University hosted its annual Horn Festival and two renowned French Horn soundtrack players shared the stage with students

Talented young students and a pair of renowned musicians gathered at Western Illinois University Sunday.

The University hosted its annual Horn Festival, an event that helped students work toward their dream.

It takes years of practice and discipline to become a talented French horn player like Gail Anderson. It's an instrument she fell in love with at a young age.

"When I first chose the French horn, you know, back in elementary school, I chose it because I thought it was the prettiest looking instrument," Anderson said.

Now, Anderson works hard every day at Augustana College to perfect her playing abilities.

Anderson doesn't want to play for an orchestra or teach French horn. Instead, her dream is to contribute to a big-name Hollywood film.

"It's always been a far-fetched dream of mine to be, you know, to be a movie like, soundtrack performer," Anderson said.

When she heard two of the best-known French horn movie soundtrack players would perform at WIU's Horn Festival, she signed up to jam with them.

"I was really excited to hear them perform you know, hear what they have to say about performing in, you know, Hollywood, playing in movie soundtrack," Anderson said.

Dylan Hart and Annie Bosler came to the recital not only to listen and perform with the talented students, but also to share their knowledge on how to break into the Hollywood industry.

"It's really important for us as professional players to come back to places of education and basically give back to people who were in our position at one point," Bosler said.

Hart records songs for professional movies almost every day. Hart says it's a career path each player has the potential to do.

"I've been very, very lucky in my career to have done quite a number of films and records for them," Hart said. " Over the past seven years I've played on over a 100 movies."

Hart believes the most important advice he can give to students is to believe in themselves.

"The best advice that I can give would be to practice, always be as good as you can be, be fun, be a very cool hang," Hart said. "I think that's one of the most important things if you're going to freelance."

It's advice Anderson will take to heart as she continues to follow her dreams.

"Maybe one day have that kind of sound, powerful sound, that they have," Anderson said.

Students also watched a documentary directed and produced by Annie Bosler.

It focused on the history of Los Angeles studio musicians.