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Courtney Hart marching at competition

Courtney Hart marching at competition

Dalin McCully, Feature Editor

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Courtney Hart, a Senior at MCHS began playing the trumpet in 6th grade. The versatility and popularity of his instrument caused him to grow a deep appreciation for the art of music at a young age.

He says, “The trumpet is the most versatile and most widely known instrument. For example, trumpets can be found in just about every ensemble.”

He has been heavily involved in various bands at MCHS for years including Wolfpack Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, and Symphonic Band. Outside of his high school activities he has been a member of the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps based out of Kalamazoo, Michigan for three years.

Hart has accomplished very much in his musical career. Hart prides himself in upholding first chair in his concert band class. He also was the lead trumpet in Marching Band and Section Leader in 2015. In 2016, he was lead mellophone and Section Leader.

Despite his heavy duties in multiple bands, he still engages other activities such as Robotics Club. Upon graduating in May, Hart plans to major in Computer Engineering and minoring in Music at Ohio State. Hart hopes to stay musically involved during practice. Summer, 2018, he plans to audition for The Best Damn Band in the Land(also known as the Ohio State University’s all brass marching band.)

Hart made lasting relationships with the directors and fellow musicians in the Drum Corps. One of the most special memories he has is when his Brass Supervisor, Ross Gordon, said before a competition, “We have given you all of the tools we can. You know you can do this. Now we just have to show the judges we can do it. Leave it all on the field tonight Legends … Be undeniable!”

In that competition, the Drum Corps had a surprising win.

After graduating, Hart will miss meeting all of the freshman in the beginning of each season and watching them grow as musicians throughout the years.

Hart said, “Music has always been a part of my life and it has given me the work ethic and drive that I now have.”

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