Award Winning Musician Striking The Right Chord With Students
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Grammy Award winning artist has taken his
music from the performing stage to a local high school.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.