When I was three-years-old I heard jazz trumpeter Chris Botti play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. I told my Mom the trumpet was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. I begged her every day for a trumpet and after two years I finally wore her down and I got one.
Fast forward six years. I’m now 11-years-old and study trumpet with Elin Frazier. I prove time and again that age is just a number. I like to tell others that although I’m small, I can do big things.
I play regularly at retirement homes, churches, hospitals, and community events with the DeLaSalle String Band Orchestra and the Upper Darby Sousa Band (both bands comprised of only adults). I’ve played with my high school jazz band and honors combo for the last three years and am the newest member of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra. In 2015 I joined Bugles Across America, Taps for Veterans, and Youth Trumpet and Taps Corp – the youngest member of all three organizations that provide free live Taps at military funerals and events. I’m also an honorary member of the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Marine Corp Honor Guard.
Last year I was awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award from the White House because of my strong commitment to the military community providing Taps at funerals – having completed over 250 hours of service in 2016. I’m also the driving force behind PA Senate Bill 540, which will give student musicians an excused absence from school to sound Taps.
This summer I was the youngest participant in the International Trumpet Guild Youth Competition, held in Hershey, PA. I regularly play the National Anthem at sporting events. At 7-years-old, I was the youngest anthem performer for the Philadelphia 76ers. You can catch me playing for the basketball teams at The Shipley School, St. Joseph’s University, Harcum College, and Eastern University.
When I’m not playing trumpet or bugle, I’m playing the cello. I’ve been a member of my high school orchestra, playing cello, since the third grade. My goal is to attend the Curtis Institute.
I guess you could say my life revolves around music. That’s exactly how I like it and wouldn’t change it for anything!