Quincy Concert Band Meet the Musician: Nicole Smart

August 15, 2018 11:43 AM | Guest Blogger (Administrator)

Q&A submitted by Susan Deege

When did you start playing an instrument? I started playing the trombone in 6th grade beginning band at age 11 in Cabool, Missouri, which is my hometown. 

Often people are surprised when they meet females that play the trombone. How did you choose this fantastic instrument? From the time I was a little kid, I always loved the deep rich sounds of the low brass. I wanted to play the tuba in band, but they didn't start students on tuba. My band teacher talked me into playing the trombone and promised me that if I did it, she would teach me how to play the tuba. I have yet to play the tuba, but have not stopped playing and loving the trombone!

What do you like about being in the Quincy Concert Band? I like being in QCB because it gives me another opportunity to practice and perform my craft. I get to engage with other band members who share the same passion for creating music and bringing joy to others through music. One of the biggest advantages for students who play in QCB is that the group is made up of amazing instrumentalist which makes it a productive learning experience. It also gives students an opportunity to network and develop professionally with others in musical careers.

What is your favorite type of music? Is there a particular type of group you like to play with? I don't have a favorite type of music because there are too many great types! My favorite type of group to play with is one that has members that are hard-working and don't settle for just playing the right notes. I love when they exceed expectations and that is exactly the kind of musicians that make up QCB!

What other groups have you played with? At Culver-Stockton, I play with the Symphonic Band, the All-College Band, the Wind Ensemble and Camerata 808 where anything goes. I have also played in a trombone quartet.

Tell me about your opera experience, or another musical performance you particularly enjoyed. It was so much fun to be a part of Hansel and Gretel with Muddy River Opera. I grew tremendously as a vocalist and performer. My favorite part of the opera was watching all of the childrens' reactions as the story unfolded. I also enjoyed answering their questions and seeing what they thought about the show.

What type of school would you like to teach in the future? I would like to teach both vocal and instrumental music in a small rural school.

Is your family musical? Some members of my family are very musical, but some of them are also tone deaf. My grandma, aunt and parents have helped me experience all kinds of music from heavy metal to opera. I know I wouldn't be the person or musician I am without their support and encouragement.

Mark your calendars for Quincy Concert Band's Nov. 4th fall performance!

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