Music Lesson: Years of study pay off for Truckee High graduate Eric Bolstad
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Truckee High School senior Eric Bolstad has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. This process started in September when Bolstad was nominated by Truckee High’s director of bands, Dave Green. Thanks to Green’s nomination, Bolstad was invited to apply for selection into this elite group of performers. He submitted an application that included a performance resume and a recording.Finalists were chosen by a board of accomplished music professionals. Bolstad learned in December he was accepted as a finalist in the Honors Band on bass trombone and traveled to New York City June 22, for a busy schedule of rehearsals and special tours. Included are tours of the Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center and Ground Zero. Friday, June 25, the group is scheduled to appear on the CBS morning show. Bolstad’s grand finale will be a Carnegie Hall performance Saturday, June 26.Bolstad has been playing music for much of his life, starting formal viola lessons in the third grade with the Sierra Wire Choir and director Rita Whitaker-Haun. He continued with group and private lessons with Whitaker-Haun for several years. Bolstad began playing trombone in Alder Creek Middle School’s band directed by Randy Humphreys. He also continued his viola studies with Liz Glatley. While studying with Glatley, Bolstad learned Liz Glatley’s husband Don played trombone and private lessons with Don ensued. For a year or two Bolstad attempted to play both viola and trombone, taking double music lessons, but then decided to focus on one instrument, focusing his full energy on the trombone.Four years ago he moved to the Truckee High School band and specialized further on bass trombone. Under Dave Green’s leadership, Eric excelled, qualifying and performing in honor bands all over California. He will attend CSU Chico this fall, continuing with music to seek a degree in Recording Arts.
Sierra Sun: Does any particular composer or musician andamp;#8220;moveandamp;#8221; you?Eric: I feel I have been most influenced by Donald Glattly, my private instructor. My favorite piece to play would have to be Gustav Holsts andamp;#8220;First Suite,andamp;#8221; it is made of three movements that display a wide variety of styles and emotions.Sun: How does it make you feel when you play it?Eric: When I play I feel confident and I feel as though I am connected to the composer’s ideas and emotions.Sun: Tell me about your experience under the direction of Mr. Green.Eric: Almost everything I know about playing music in a band I have learned from Mr. Green, he pushes his students to be the best they can be and to succeed in anything they choose to do.Sun: Do you have any advise for aspiring musicians in the TTUSD?Eric: To any musician I would say to never give up and never doubt your abilities, but also to never forget that the entire purpose of either playing or listening to music is to have fun and create enjoyable experiences and memories.Sun: What should our readers know about you?Eric: Personally, I listen to a very wide variety of music from just about any genre and hope to someday produce or record music professionally. Next year I will be attending Chico State in pursuit of a Recording Arts major to realize this goal.Sun: What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend?Eric: On weekends and in my free time I like to relax and listen to music. I particularly enjoy discovering new and unique music to add to my collection.
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