Student Spotlight: Isaac Williams
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Many would say being able to play one instrument at 15 is an accomplishment, but Glenwood Springs High School sophomore Isaac Williams has taken on more than that challenge.
The 15-year-old plays guitar, trombone and drums and dabbles in other instruments, and he sees himself sticking with music for the long haul.
Post Independent: When did you become interested in music?
Isaac Williams: I’ve always been interested in music for as long as I can remember. I’ve grown up all around music, and all of my family is very music oriented. My dad plays bass and jams with me a lot. My grandma plays piano at church almost every Sunday, and my grandpa also plays piano at the hospital and some other venues. They had a country duo and traveled the country and ended up settling in Glenwood in the ’70s. I never really ‘decided’ to play an instrument. I just got a kick-start into music when I picked up the guitar that I had gotten for my 6th birthday and started figuring it out from some books and videos and mainly just messing around with it. I also started private guitar lessons with Ashton Taufer when I was 8.
PI: What instrument(s) do you play, and what do you like about each?
IW: I mainly play guitar, trombone and drums, but I know how to play many other instruments also. What I love about the instruments I play (and all instruments in general) is that there are so many different styles and ways to play them. No one can be the best trombonist, guitarist, pianist, drummer, etc. because every musician plays their instrument differently. There’s really no way to judge that one person plays his instrument better than the next.
PI: You play in band at the high school, right? Tell me about that.
IW: I’ve been in band with my awesome director Tami Suby for almost five years now. This is where I was introduced to trombone and drums and all the other instruments I play. I love band because it really gives me a sense of being in a community that I can always fit in. This year I am in almost every band program that is being offered: concert band, jazz band, pep band, drumline, wind ensemble and the musical pit for the high school theater performance. And Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has been a huge supporter of my musicianship and is always finding great opportunities for me.
PI: What’s another hobby aside from music?
IW: I really love skateboarding, for a lot of the same reasons that I love band. Every skater has his own style, and you can’t say that one is better than the other.
PI: Do you see a future in music for yourself?
IW: I see myself as a professional musician after high school for sure. My dream is to go the Berkelee College of Music and earn a degree in interdisciplinary music studies, music production and/or electronic music production and sound design. And during/after that I hope to make a living by performing, creating or producing music.
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