He has performed at Carnegie Corridor, a number of instances.
He has performed at Lincoln Middle, a number of instances.
He has performed at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor, amongst different live performance venues.
It will need to have been tempting for Will Inexperienced to assume to himself throughout these instances that he had made it as a musician. Aside from one factor — he’s nonetheless in highschool. He’s 17 years outdated and has a world of musical alternative forward of him.
Will, a Riverhead Excessive College senior, is a two-time all-state percussionist. His résumé is bursting with achievements and honors. At the highschool degree alone, he has been president of the symphonic band, a member of the live performance band, jazz band, wind ensemble, pep band, pit orchestra, the Blue Masques drama membership and the chamber choir. He has carried out for the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, been concerned in group theater and brought half in quite a few musical festivals.
Will’s musical expertise covers a broad vary of devices. He can play any percussion instrument, together with the drum set, snare drum, timpani, marimba, xylophone and triangle. He even owns and performs an ocean drum, which he described as an uncommon instrument. (“It’s good to have as a result of who is aware of after I’ll ever want the sound of waves crashing on the seaside?” he stated). On high of that, he can play guitar, piano, bass guitar and, oh sure, he additionally sings.
As well as, the Jamesport resident has run for the college’s cross-country and monitor and subject groups, holds a black belt in Isshin-ryu karate and maintains grades worthy of being a Nationwide Honor Society member.
And on it goes.
“I believe it’s extraordinarily uncommon to come back throughout somebody with all the skills that he has,” stated Jason Rottkamp, Riverhead Excessive College’s assistant principal and director of high quality arts. “Moreover the musical means, which is the highest 1%, you might be speaking additionally in regards to the particular person he’s, which is also the highest 1% of children you’ll encounter in a highschool.”
Will is the kind of one that has supplied to donate $1,000 to the college’s high quality arts program. The varsity board was anticipated to behave on that proposed donation at its Tuesday evening assembly.
The cash comes from a nonprofit percussion academy Will began for college students in grades 5-8. Donations for classes had been accepted, with the intent of giving again to the college’s music packages, which had been lower when the college district went on a contingency funds after two funds vote failures.
“We name it the double whammy of COVID-19 and Riverhead’s failed funds,” Will stated. “That is undoubtedly a extremely arduous 12 months for me.”
Will stated he was about to carry out within the drama membership’s manufacturing of “Les Misérables” final 12 months when the pandemic hit. His coronary heart sank.
“I landed the lead position and I used to be so excited to have the ability to act for the primary time and present that I can sing,” he stated. “Then every thing shut down.”
Will’s connection to music might have begun when he was about 5 years outdated, enjoying the online game “Rock Band” at a cousin’s home. For his eighth birthday, he acquired a drum set and personal classes.
And so started his musical journey.
When it got here time for college students choose an instrument to check on the finish of their fourth-grade faculty 12 months, Will selected the percussion route. As a fifth-grader, he was moved straight as much as the sixth-grade band. In center faculty, he was introduced on to the jazz band and the wind ensemble. By the point he was a seventh-grader, he was already enjoying alongside adults in skilled pit orchestras.
He all the time gave the impression to be forward of the musical curve.
Will is grateful the college board voted to revive extracurricular actions comparable to sports activities and music for this coming spring, and he plans to be closely concerned as soon as once more, doing what he likes to do.
“It offers me hope,” he stated. “It’s like a light-weight on the finish of the tunnel.”
Will plans to double main in music training and percussion efficiency in faculty. He hasn’t chosen a university but, saying faculties informed him they’re ready till all auditions are accomplished earlier than making their admission choices. “Music is a distinct animal within the faculty world,” he stated.
As for his post-college future, Will has choices. He might turn into a highschool band trainer or take the efficiency route and probably play on Broadway or in knowledgeable pit orchestra.
One factor he is aware of for certain is that music is in his soul.
He stated, “I all the time really feel music and I really feel that music all the time feels me.”
Referring to a number of the well-known locations the place Will has performed, Mr. Rottkamp, who performs the saxophone, stated, tongue in cheek, “I’m attempting to get these gigs, too.”