Evan Bianchi earned student of the month honors for February from the Camden Hills Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Department.

Bianchi is a senior at Camden Hills. He has been involved in every aspect of the instrumental music program. He is first chair clarinetist in the concert and symphonic bands as well as pianist for the jazz band. He has been in the District 3 Honors Band for the past three consecutive years. His awards include Most Outstanding Musician in band and jazz band. His piano skills have earned him first place at the Biennial Pine Tree Piano Competition and he was awarded Judge’s Choice at the District III Jazz Festival.

Bianchi’s interest in music began when he was around 5 years old and was inspired by his parents who are both professional musicians. The various teachers that he has had, as well as the music that he has been exposed to, have motivated him to learn everything he could about music and musicians. Bianchi said he loves the energy derived from performing, the novelty of each performance, and the “place that music can bring you when you’re submersed in the oceans of sound.”

Bianchi has a rather eclectic taste in music. His favorite artists include composers ranging from Chopin and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Pink Floyd.

He offered advice to other young musicians.

“Practice, practice, practice,” Bianchi said. “If you get a good start you will be miles ahead of the game! Don’t quit — it can be hard sometimes but it will one day pay off and be well worth it. Also experiment with music; try different instruments and genres. Be open-minded and listen to a variety of music as it will help you develop your own style. In addition, guys, the girls love a smooth jazz man!”

Bianchi will continue some type of study in music next year and would love to make a living through it if possible. He will present a piano recital in March. The tentative date for the performance is March 27 at 3 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House.