Eric Alvarado, an accomplished seventh-grade band student at Boulter Middle School, received a shiny, silver trumpet recently to call his own. The instrument was awarded to him through Trumpets 4 Kids, an organization that gives aspiring musicians their own trumpet to help inspire them to continue doing great things through music.
“Eric is such an accomplished trumpet player,” Karen Norman, Boulter Middle School band teacher, said. “As a seventh-grader, he has already received first-chair honors many times, made the All-City Band and even qualified for Regional honors. He is a wonderful student and we were happy to nominate him through Trumpets 4 Kids.”
Trumpets 4 Kids was originally begun by famous Dallas trumpet player, Freddie Jones. Avid Dallas Cowboys fans may recognize Mr. Jones as he often plays the national anthem before Cowboys football games. According to his website, in 2007, Mr. Jones began working with two young girls from the Metroplex who were interested in music, but their mother was financially unable to buy a trumpet for them. Mr. Jones decided to give them one. After that, he worked with a small group of students in a similar position whose parents or schools were not able to provide them with trumpets. It was then that he decided to start raising money to purchase trumpets for kids.
Students and/or teachers can apply for the trumpets and are selected based on a variety of criteria. In Eric’s case, Ms. Norman submitted the application in order to encourage Eric to continue to practice his unique talent in music.
Ms. Norman, along with Principal Rodney Curry, Eric’s parents and Tyler ISD Director of Performing Arts George Faber, presented Eric with his trumpet in front of fellow classmates who celebrated with cheers and applause.
“This is what it is all about, students doing well at what they love,” Mr. Faber said. “Eric is an inspiration to other musicians his age.”