Rifle High School students Lucy Bruner and Amanda Crow were selected by music director Patrick Sheirer for the Jazz Aspen Snowmass new “Student of the Month” program, which highlights some of the top student musicians throughout the valley.
Sophomore Bruner spends her free time playing the alto saxophone or listening to music — mostly alternative rock and metal, but also some of the jazz greats. She enjoys playing because it’s relaxing, “you get sucked in and forget about everything,” including homework.
Bruner has participated in the JAS Summer Camp Programs, Honor Jazz and the Student Showcase, has performed at the Glenwood Free Music Series and is applying to the 5-Week Berklee Summer Music Program, where she hopes to learn more about life as a musician.
Junior Amanda Crow has been playing trumpet since fifth grade, and is constantly listening to “almost everything but rap.”
She participated in the JAS Honor Jazz & Student Showcase and utilized the Pays to Play program, where she gained skills in how to warm up and practice on her own.
She enjoys the feeling of accomplishment after learning and playing a piece together as a band and believes music increases her creativity and gives her something positive to focus on.
Bruner and Crow spoke to the Post Independent about their passion for music.
Post Independent: What made you decide to become a musician?
Amanda Crow: “It just seemed like a lot of fun to me. Not everybody can do it, and I thought it would be cool to be different and be able to create something.”
Lucy Bruner: “I’ve wanted to be a musician my whole life. My old band teacher told us, “I’m going to teach you how to change people’s emotions. That really appealed to me.”
PI: How did you chose your instrument?
LB: I really like the sound. I’ve been listening to professional jazz since I was little, and the saxophone has my favorite tone quality.
AC: I really liked how the trumpet could be played in not only a classical setting or a jazz setting but also modern, alternative setting.
PI: What has your experience in band been like?
AC: “It’s a way to connect with other people. Then, when you solo, you’re voicing your thoughts in a different way than most people would.”
LB: “Mr. Scheirer has opened us up to a lot of opportunities. He’s a really good teacher.”
PI: What are your plans after high school?
LB: I’m going to major in music at either CU Boulder or Berkeley. I want to score films and direct a college band and compose music — everything. I might get a minor degree in counseling or music therapy, too.
AC: I’m not sure if I want to major in music yet, but I want to go to Colorado Mesa University and play in the band.
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