Nolan honored by Camden Hills visual, performing arts

Mar 10, 2014
Aaron Nolan, a senior at Camden Hills Regional High School, is the visual and performing arts department student of the month.

Rockport — The Visual and Performing Arts Student of the Month for March is awarded to senior, Aaron Nolan. Nolan has been very active in the instrumental music program at Camden Hills Regional High School  and has become one of the top high school trumpet players in the state.

Nolan first became interested in playing the trumpet when he attended an instrument demonstration in fifth grade. The musician at the demonstration performed “Smoke on the Water," a tune that he found very appealing and that he wanted to learn. In addition, Nolan frequently listened to big band music liking the sound of the trumpet as well as the role it played within the ensemble.

Nolan has performed in the Camden Hills Concert Band and Jazz Band for all four years of high school. He has been a participant in the District III Honors Band since his sophomore year and the All-State Band his junior and senior year. This year, having received one of the highest trumpet scores in the state, he will sit in the first section of the 2014 All-State Band. Nolan also recently received the “Judge’s Choice” award at the District III Jazz Festival and received the “Most Improved” Jazz Band Member his junior year. He enjoys playing for church, various choirs and playing Taps at funerals.

He will be the featured soloist in a performance of the “Carnival of Venice” at the Camden Hills Band Concert Thursday, April 10.

Nolan particularly enjoys performing improvised solos. His favorite band is Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. He has studied with Bill Whitener (Principal Trumpet of the Bangor Symphony), Dr. Tim Weir (UMA) and currently with Craig Ouellette (CRMS Middle School Band Director). He very much recommends that, if possible, students study with a private teacher to enable them to work with a “specialist” on their instrument. He also advises young students to practice as much as possible. Nolan plans to continue playing his instrument, hopefully in a jazz band, as he pursues his college endeavors.

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