Young trumpeter reaches for the brass ring


March 12, 2002|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANDREW HORRIGAN, 14, of Sykesville Middle School is busy preparing for the semifinal National Trumpet Competition, which will be held at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Friday.

If Andrew is successful Friday, he will compete this weekend at the finals, with hopes of taking home the first-place prize -- a new Bach trumpet.

The National Trumpet Competition is the largest competitive event for trumpet players ages 11 to 28. It attracts applicants from all over the United States and Canada, and is divided into seven divisions.

Andrew is one of eight chosen to compete in the middle school division.

Andrew's accomplishments are remarkable for the schedule he keeps, which includes trumpet, violin and viola lessons, competitive swimming at the YMCA, and participation in the Encore Community Orchestra, said Kay Tippett, Sykesville Middle's music director.

"It's not all talent," said Tippett. "He has the talent, but he also has the commitment and effort. He does his work and follows through."

She credited Andrew's parents, Terri and Mike Horrigan, for "always having Andy at the right place, the right time, with the right stuff."

Although Andrew is dedicated to music, he would like to be a pediatrician. He intends to major in music and later attend medical school.

His love of music prompted his parents to seek a private school that would support his ambition. Next year he will attend DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville on a partial scholarship. He has been accepted into the school's honors program.

With no other musicians in the house, Andrew's mother believes that part of his musical aptitude comes from his grandfather, Jim Judge. Judge was never formally trained but plays the piano and organ proficiently by ear, she said.

Along with the competition this weekend, Andrew has two other important events to prepare for. He will play at Easter Sunday services at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Bond Street in Westminster, and will play the violin and trumpet at his cousin's wedding next month.

"With three major events to prepare for and music to learn for each, Andrew takes pressure very well," Terri said. "His father and I get nervous."

Jazz concert

Century High School will present the Commodores Jazz Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium.

The Commodores are a specialty unit of the U.S. Navy Band. The 18 members represent the Navy's top jazz and big-band musicians.

The event is free. Information: 410-386-4400.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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