Focused on the music! Zachary Martin plays trumpet during a school concert. "He's one of our best trumpet players," Junior Arlette Ruvalcaba said, "He is super hard working, he always hits those high notes with no problem. He's also super passionate with every piece we play in class". (Madison McGinty)
Focused on the music! Zachary Martin plays trumpet during a school concert. "He's one of our best trumpet players," Junior Arlette Ruvalcaba said, "He is super hard working, he always hits those high notes with no problem. He's also super passionate with every piece we play in class".

Madison McGinty

Zachary Martin: What does it take to go to Carnegie Hall?

January 30, 2020

Timothy Weah once said, “With hard work and dedication, anything is possible”, and that very ideology is what separates the average person from those that stand out. 

Junior Zachary Martin, a University Preparatory student, took that as a motto and put himself in opportunities and experiences most won’t get. All through means of “hard work and dedication,” or more specifically, a trumpet.

A chance to perform at Carnegie Hall is an accomplishment to many, especially when considering those who have performed in the past, including The Beatles, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra. And now, University Preparatory’s very own Zachary Martin.

“I’ve been playing the trumpet for about nine years, ever since I was in the third grade,” Martin explained, “I play for two hours a day at school every day, plus around thirty minutes to an hour at home.”

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Smile, Zachary! You’re off to Carnegie! “[A moment that stood out to me about Zachary] I guess was two years ago,” senior Ethan McGinty said, “He was chosen to be a section leader as a 10th grader, and as far as my experience in wind ensemble goes, that’s unheard of”.

Practice doesn’t always make perfect, though. Even for someone like Zach who plays an instrument for a maximum of three hours a day, nerves still come into play.

“I actually let my nerves overcome me sometimes. There was this one concert that I did and my nerves got so bad that I couldn’t play very well. I remember thinking to myself at the next concert I do, that I can do this,” said Zach, “I am able to play and that the concerts are not all that scary.”

“I amped myself up for the concert and made sure I was able to do what I needed to do. And it helped.”

Practice does make things better, though. Zachary spoke about this saying, “I have had a few songs in the past that were really hard to get through and to get the right rhythms and stuff, but I did it with intense practices and work with the ensembles.”

Zachary Martin noted his past experiences, saying, “[If I could tell my younger self anything] I’d say, keep pushing forward. Keep going forward. Keep striving forward. Expand on the trumpet. Learn how to improvise or learn special cool tricks.”

Martin also gave the same advice to anyone deciding to just start learning the trumpet.

“I honestly don’t think I deserve to go [to Carnegie],” Zach ended with, “but I have a lot of faith that if God wants to put me on this path of becoming a music performer, then this is what I was made for.”

Zachary will be leaving to start his adventure to Carnegie on January 30th.

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