Siblings winning pianists

Student achievers

October 02, 2002

The students: Alan, 12, and Alexis, 10, Drayton

Schools: Alan attends Clarksville Middle School. Alexis attends Clarksville Elementary School.

Special achievement: Alan and Alexis won first place in the age 12 group of the Maryland State Piano Teachers Duet Competition held in March at the University of Maryland, College Park.

It takes two: "Playing a duet with my sister was a fun experience," Alan says. "Not a lot of people play with their siblings. We got to practice whenever we wanted. She was easy to cope with because I've known her all my life."

Says Alexis, "At first, you fight a lot because you say, `No, you messed up first.' Then you get to know the piece and you realize if something bad happens, you just have to go on."

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