Describe your freshman experience in college thus far. How has COVID-19 affected your experience (positively and/or negatively)? I’ve been enjoying college so far but COVID has definitely had a negative impact: limited time in practice rooms and ensembles can only meet for a limited period of time. But I love being a part of the percussion studio here at GSU; it’s my first time playing in a percussion ensemble and I love it!
List a few of your most notable musical accomplishments during high school:
District 14 Honor Band (2020)
Janfest Honor Symphonic Band (2020)
GSU Tenor Line (2020)
UGA Drum Line Camp - Gold Group (2019)
Share a brief story of one of (or some of) your favorite musical accomplishments: Two of my favorite experiences that I can’t choose between are getting that 96 at Berkmar (with the drumline full of rookies!!) and the other is going to District honor band with all my friends!
How did private lessons help prepare you for your future career (and post-secondary education) in music? Private lessons are the main reason I was able to become a music major and make honor bands/drumlines. Without lessons I wouldn’t have had the insight or technical abilities to prepare for those auditions.
As of now, what is the dream job you want in the future? After I graduate from college, I want to become an assistant band director at a well-established high school and then, after a few years, move to a smaller school and take what made the other school great and transfer that to the smaller school.
Please be sure to check out Asa's performance at our Virtual 2020 Senior Spotlight Recital on Saturday, September 26th at 7:00 PM EDT!! Saturday's event will also a fundraiser for the LIFT Music Fund. This organization provides micrograms for underrepresented music students to offset the cost of incidental music expenses. When speaking with Asa, here are a few of the incidental expenses that he listed as part of his journey as a high school music student:
Many students, due to their socioeconomic situation, do not have the means to afford these essential entry-level expenses to prepare for a post-secondary education in music! Please consider donating to our campaign for the LIFT Music Fund's initiative by visiting: charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/lift-music-fund-launch/TrevorBarroero