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Motivation, Music and Meyer

June 18, 2019
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle (agraham@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What does one do when they want to get better at trumpet and qualify for the All State Music Festival? Start a trumpet club of course! That's exactly what one sophomore at South Tama student did recently.

Summer break is here and Jonathan Meyer is using his time to improve at something he is passionate about. Hopefully come fall, Meyer will have the opportunity to accomplish his All-State goal. Meyer is the son of Jeremy and Kristi Meyer.

Meyer plays trumpet in the STC High School Band. He is bringing people together by forming a trumpet club called Tama Toledo Trumpets. The club is for any trumpet player in grades 5th - 12th. He started the club because when he was in middle school he said he didn't have much motivation to practice. But as he has gotten older he began to enjoy the instrument more.

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Members of the newly formed Tama Toledo Trumpet Club gathered at the Tama Park on Friday, June 7. Pictured are Ella Rosario, Autumn Elsbury, Maeley Elsbury, Roman Hill, Jonathan Meyer, Caleb Cosgrove and Amber Myli.
Chronicle Photos/Allison Graham

"I just kind of thought if I could spark some interest in younger kids it could further the program and kids's love of music," said Meyer.

Being a part of the high school band has helped his interest as there are more opportunities like the STC marching band, pep band and jazz band and the Community Band that performs at the Lincoln Highway Bridge Festival. Meyer also enjoys the different types of music he gets to play at the high school level.

"When you get better you can play better music and with better music you can do better things," said Meyer.

As for the club, his goals are pretty simple. He wants to gather people together and play music. His plans for now are to practice on Tuesdays and Fridays in June. Right now he has around 5-10 students who are committed to the club. Although the club is just for students right now Meyer has thought about expanding to the community. He also is considering doing some performances.

Meyer credits his band director, Mike Carnahan, for being part of the reason he started the club. He watched how Carnahan interacts with the band and that was an inspiration for Meyer.

A fun fact about Meyer is that he is carrying on a family tradition. His Mom played trumpet and he actually plays on her trumpet.

"She considered going to school to be a band director because she liked music and she likes kids. I always heard about that as a kid and it got in my ear. When I picked it up I knew it was right," said Meyer.

Meyer's Mom also auditioned for All-State when she was in school so for him playing is sort of picking up where she left off.

For more information about the club check out the club's Facebook Group, Tama Toledo Trumpets.

 
 
 

 

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