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Award Winning Musician Striking The Right Chord With Students

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by Aundrea Cline-Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Grammy Award winning artist has taken his music from the performing stage to a local high school.

Jeff Coffin, a three time Grammy Award winning saxophonist, has been touring with the Dave Matthews Band. He has also played for Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.

He took his talents to a different stage, Thursday when he spoke to students at Stratford High School in Nashville.

Coffin said he was grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the musical community.

"To me it's an outreach in my own community which is really important to me," Coffin said.

Roseline Prophete, a senior at Stratford High School, was not very familiar with the Dave Matthews Band, Coffin's latest touring act.  

"I heard of (them) one time," said Prophete.

Fortunately, music is a universal language.

"Language is made up of sounds, articulation, rhythm, emotion and dynamics," Coffin told the students. "It's the same stuff music is made up of."

Coffin hoped to convey the lessons he's learned over the years through his music.

"Stressing how to practice, sort of what to practice, recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses," he said.

For Prophete, each note struck the right chord.

"Maybe I can go home, play on my piccolo and just see what I can do," she said. "The great thing about it was he introduced me to a new type of music."

Even though Stratford High School's auditorium may not compare to a stadium full of screaming fans, Coffin developed his passion for music in school. He said he now feels a responsibility to pass it on.

"I've had great teachers along the way," said Coffin. "That's one of the reasons why I do this, also. It's kind of continuing their legacy."

In addition to Stratford High School, Coffin has planned to visit Hume-Fogg High School and Isaac Litton Middle School.


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