West Harrison student plays at Carnegie Hall

A West Harrison High School student has the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to play at the world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia following his recent performance at Carnegie Hall.

They say that music can be a sanctuary and to West Harrison junior Gabe Trotter that couldn’t be closer to the truth. “I feel like really relaxed, being in high school, you know, there’s a lot of homework and stress and all that, but when I play music I just kind of forget all of that and just play.”

Gabe just recently returned from New York City where he had the rare opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall. Being chosen to perform in the High School Honors Performance was an incredible opportunity as just three trumpet players were chosen from the 18,000 applicants. It provided Gabe with a night he will never forget. “I got chills when I first walked out because we went out for about 20 minutes for a sound check and the hall was completely empty. So, when we played that first note it just rang and I was like ‘whoa.’”

Now, music isn’t just something that you fall into, it takes practice. The fact that Gabe is so good at performing leaves his bandmates in awe. Band member Rachel Weaver said, “Music is one of those things that is a craft and it takes time and effort. He just puts in so much time in this because he loves it.”

That love has Gabe destined for another world renowned venue: the Sydney Opera House in Australia. “To go perform in the Sydney Opera House, which is like this, people know it. If you show someone a picture of it, they know what that is. So, the fact that I get to perform in that is pretty awesome.”

Gabe is already thinking of different ideas to raise money for his cross-the-globe trip and says he’s even willing to perform if anybody needs him. “Very willing, if anyone needs a trumpet player.”

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