A student in the Ken-Ton School District is among 30 high school trumpet players from across the nation who will perform and compete at this week's National Trumpet Competition in Arlington, Va.
Mike Christie, a 16-year-old junior at Kenmore East High School, submitted his audition video via a private YouTube page, and was selected to participate for the third time in four years. The event hosts multiple levels of competition.
"The musical ability of my peers at the national level is outstanding. It is really intense once the competition begins," Mike said. "I have become a better trumpet player because of how humbling an experience it is, to know there are others out there better than I am."
Opening day of the competition, which runs today through Sunday at George Mason University, features a concert performed by the U.S. Army Concert Band. Friday, the U.S. Army Blues Band will be joined by trumpet legend Doc Severinson.
Besides competing, Mike will attend clinics and master classes with professional trumpet players. He recently performed in the National Jazz Workshop with the U.S. Army Blues Band.
His college plans include becoming a music education major at the undergraduate level and a jazz studies major at the graduate level.