image-pngLuke is currently a sophomore at Harper College studying music education. He has been playing music since 4th grade starting with the Alto saxophone. He moved onto trombone and currently is playing bassoon. He is currently taking private lessons for piano. He takes bassoon lessons with Diane Ryan and took piano lessons with Janice Razaq at Harper College. While in high school, he was a part of the symphonic band, jazz ensemble, marching band, orchestra, District 214 Honors Band and Orchestra. Other achievements that he has made include being in the ILMEA District 7 orchestra, being included in the Future Music Educator Seminar (FMES), and going to the first ever chamber festival at Music 4 All’s festival in Indianapolis.

Luke believe that anything can happen if a person works hard and has the right mentality. He believes in a fun atmosphere that involves laughter and being able to get things done with ease but also making sure that the work gets done and progress is made. He believes that anyone can play music but it’s the people that work hard and have tough determination that get better.

First piece of music that had a profound effect on me: The first piece of music that really affected me was “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov. It really filled me with a lot of enthusiasm and filled me with a passion that I never had before.

Music teacher who inspired me the most: My favorite music teacher was my high school orchestra director Mr. Joshua Stewart. He showed me a different light to music and helped me appreciate what I play and what I listen to. He helped show me the fun side to being a music educator.

How I am making the world a better place: I feel and hope that I am making the world a better place by helping at least one person find a reason to smile everyday. I want to do that with laughter and by trying to make everything seem a lot easier and happier.

Favorite quote about music: “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” 
― Victor Hugo