He’s Tokyo Bound
Miguel first started playing trumpet on and off in 7th grade. At that time, he didn’t take it too seriously, but over the years, things changed. He had come to HOLA as a young boy, but took some time off when he was having some trouble in school. He came back for a visit a couple of years back and after spending some time with the YOLA at HOLA staff, he knew he had come home. Now, he is practicing at HOLA four days a week, in addition to playing in bands with his friends in his spare time.
Miguel has learned a lot through YOLA at HOLA, saying “YOLA has made me a better musician and a better person. With YOLA I have developed a better tone, and also the belief that music can take me anywhere – literally and figuratively speaking. When I pick up my trumpet, I feel a connection unlike any other; a connection that keeps me grounded and prevents me from doing bad things and getting into trouble. Music is my life, soul, and the world.”
As a senior, Miguel is also preparing to head to college. He hopes to be admitted into a music program at a local college and major in music and history, with the goal of being a famous trumpet player or a music teacher.