Gabe Trotter, a West Harrison High School junior, is quite the trumpet player and now has a unique opportunity.
Gabe Trotter has studied the trumpet for six and a half years and now those performed notes are taking him to places he never dreamed he would go.
Earlier this year, Trotter sent in a video audition to the 2018 High School Honors Performance Series and recently he received the news that he has been selected.
Now, Gabe has the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York this February and the Sydney Opera House in Australia in August. “I was speechless, I couldn’t really say anything. I sat there with my jaw dropped to the floor for about five minutes not knowing what to do. I was super excited,” said Gabe.
Acceptance into this elite group is rare and what Gabe describes as: “It’s like the world championship of band. Probably the top tier of anything you could do as far as performing goes so it’s a really great honor.”
The Honors Performance Series receives more than 18,000 nominations each year and around 300 are selected for Sydney and 700 for Carnegie. Gabe feels this is sure to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. “With this, I’ll be able to put this on like college applications and all sorts of stuff like that and it could get me a step up on the ladder of opportunities.”
West Harrison Band Director Tim Garret has watched Gabe grow as a musician and is ready to see what this step will mean for his future. “He came in very talented in the 9th grade and he’s worked hard to foster that natural ability into some great results and it’s great to see a great student get a reward like this.”
As you could imagine, traveling to Sydney is going to cost a pretty penny so Gabe has set up a GoFundMe Page. You can find it here.