Iltis credits family's passion for music for his success

Oct 10, 2017
Courtesy of: Marti Stone Photography Trevor Iltis.

Rockport — Senior Trevor Iltis, has been selected as Visual & Performing Arts Student of the Month for October at Camden Hills Regional High School. Iltis has been very involved in the arts, specifically in music, although he has enjoyed photography classes as well.

Iltis has been surrounded by music his entire life. His mother is a pianist and his father is an avid drummer and former recording engineer. In fifth grade, he joined the band and began studying the trumpet and since then, he has “never looked back.” Ultimately, he credits his family’s passion for music as a catapult for success.

Iltis has played French horn in the Camden Hills Concert Band for his entire high school career, as well as trumpet in the Jazz Band. He has been accepted every year to the District III Honors Band. His sophomore year, he participated in the All-State Band and last year performed with the All-State Orchestra. He was also awarded “Outstanding Band Member” for the Camden Hills Band during his sophomore year.

Iltis really enjoys the beautiful, full sound of the French horn and its ability to soar through melodic lines. In the jazz idiom, he loves the flexibility and interpretive creativity afforded to the individual musician. In this realm, he particularly enjoys listening to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

After high school, he plans to continue to play his trumpet in some type of jazz group and hopes to play French horn in an orchestra or band. His advice to youngsters is, “Get involved in music. It’s a great stress reliever and really stimulates the creative parts of the brain. At the beginning, it may be a struggle, but my advice is to stick with it. Ultimately, it will get easier and be worth it in the end.”

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