2014 NUFISCISUM winner: Brent Cater
“When talking about youth leaders, I think it is important to recognize them for making a difference in their musical communities and schools because it validates their commitment to something others may think of as less important than academics.”
When I was in fifth grade I was given the opportunity to play the trumpet. I was fascinated by how flexible this instrument was. It had the ability to play anything due to its large range of notes. I became immersed in the musical community through my studies of music in high school. I studied music throughout all four years of high school, in both the classical concert band class and guitar class. I participated in the after school bands, including the Concert Band through grades 9-12, and the Jazz Band for grades 11 and 12. I also promoted the music program at my high school through my involvement in the Music Council, and by hosting numerous coffee houses so students could showcase their talents.
Currently, I am studying the trumpet at the University of Guelph earning my BA as a Music Major and I participate in the Guelph Youth Orchestra. My involvement in music education and my participation in bands both as a performer and a promoter is what has exposed me to many different types of music (classical, Jazz, blues etc.). I gained a liking for Jazz music in particular because the genre seemed to have a big focus on the trumpet itself. Many of the influences for me were great Jazz trumpeters such as Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. With regards to what I already know about Phil Nimmons, I know that he is a Famous Canadian Composer, arranger, and Jazz Clarinetist. There was poster of Phil in my High School music classroom that I used to look at regularly.
I will definitely treasure this NUFISCISUM award and at the same time I think I can use it to help promote the study of music by young people. When talking about youth leaders I think it is important to recognize them for making a difference in their musical communities and schools because it validates their commitment to something others may think of as less important than academics. Also such recognition, at a time when fewer and fewer youth are encouraged to follow their interest into a career, is important as it can help keep alive musical genres like classical, blues and Jazz.
We must promote and encourage younger people who are interested in music to become involved in music programs as they promote commitment, responsibility and dedication.