| I am a musician. In many aspects as a fact. I play, read, write, arrange, transpose, and transcribe all sorts of stuff. I have been playing the saxophone for 10 years which has brought me a long way. I have also picked up a bit of clarinet over the years. I've been playing the clarinet for 3 years now. At one point I tried playing the flute, but got light-headed a lot and gave it up. I play a little piano which I hope to become much more proficient at since I'm a composition major and all. I've also played recorder in the past. As far as my accomplishments throughout high school, let's see... My sophomore year was my first year in any honor bands. I placed 1st chair baritone saxophone in All-County Band and PMEA District 10 Band. Then placed 2nd chair baritone sax in PMEA Region V Band. Then in my junior year I tried out on both tenor and bari sax. I placed 1st chair tenor sax and 1st chair bari sax in All-County Band and took the bari seat. I then placed 1st chair bari sax and 2nd chair tenor sax in District Band and took the bari seat there too. I placed 1st chair in Region Band and went on to place 2nd chair in the Pennsylvania All-State Band on bari sax. In my senior year I had a string of bad auditions. I placed 1st chair bari sax and tenor sax in All-County Band and took the tenor seat, Then I placed 2nd chair in Districts and didn't get to go to Regions. In the summer of 1999, however, I was invited by the American Musical ambassadors to take a three week tour of several countries in Europe and play ten performances with a national honor band over there. This was certainly the highlight of my musical experience thus far. I toured seven countries: Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and England for three weeks and played ten concerts in a 93-member band. I talk all about it on another one of my personal pages. Check it out below. I am also a member of the Reading-based Ringgold Band. Ringgold Band was the last band the "March King," John Phillip Sousa, conducted. I have been a member for 2 years. Here at college I am involved in the marching band, sax ensemble, symphonic band, and jazz band. I am also working on my first original composition as a composition major. As far as writing goes, over the past four years I have arranged and transcribed around twenty classical pieces for saxophone, saxophone group, and various instrumental trios.