El Paso, Texas–The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future (EPSMF) is pleased to announce the 2019, recipients of new instruments from its Instruments for Young Lives Program. These students have demonstrated musical and academic achievement, strong character and financial need. They will receive their instruments during the annual Honoree and IYL Awards Event on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Magic Bistro on Doniphan Drive in the Upper Valley.
This year’s instrument recipients are:
Angel Rangel - trumpet
Angel is 16 and a junior at Riverside High School. He plays in the Riverside High School Band, Concert band, Jazz Band, and Mariachi. He also participates in the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble. He has made it to the All Region Concert Band, All Region Jazz Jazz Band, and All Region Symphony Orchestra. He qualified in the TMEA Area Jazz Competition and Texas All-State Solo and Ensemble. He was the Riverside High School Outstanding Soloist Marching/Jazz in 2016.2-17, and 2018. Angel became involved in music after joining the Riverside Middle School Band. He says, “I immediately fell in love with music and knew it was what I wanted to pursue for the rest of my life.”
Diego Nevarez - Alto Saxophone
Diego is 16 and a junior at Mountain View High School. He has played in the Mountain View High School Band, Concert Band, and Solo and Ensemble. He has participated in Teacher Music Educators Association and the Association of Texas Small State Bands programs. He has been recognized as an Outstanding Musician and is an Honor Roll student. One of Diego’s goals is to “inspire and motivate other people in my community to have a greater appreciation for music…in this beautiful art.”
Bryan Arriaga - Bb Clarinet
Bryan is 17 and a junior at Horizon High School. He is currently on the Horizon High School Band and Wind Ensemble Varsity. He has participated in All-Regions Bands for the past five years. He was the recipient of the MVP Award for the Varsity Band and placed first in the 2019 Science Fair. He has also received awards for advancing to State Solo and Ensemble. He is a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Bryan states. “ although everyone has their different feelings and perspectives on music, I truly believe that music is a universal language that connects each and every one of us.”
The Instruments for Young Lives program is a partnership between The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and longtime El Paso business Olivas Music. The program is designed to assist talented young musicians with unmet financial need. Applicants must demonstrate musical and academic excellence. Recipients will become participants in the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future outreach and Ambassador Leadership Program.