Whiz Kid’s Age: 16 (17 on Friday)
Whiz Kid’s School: Brookfield High School
Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: Brian Coleman has been named co-section leader in the BHS band
Key to Awesomeness: Brian Coleman and his family moved to Brookfield in 2004. That year, he picked up the trumpet, his first instrument. The trumpet is still his main instrument, but these days he can also be found playing the piano in the band room whenever he has a free moment in school. Brian has become so dedicated to his music that instead of saving to buy a car, he used his money to buy a Bach Stradivarius trumpet.
After playing the trumpet throughout middle school, during his freshman year, Brian gave up his lunch period to take Music Theory I and II, receiving ‘A’s for both classes. He also joined the jazz band.
Sophomore year, Brian took the step of joining the marching band. Even though he was nervous about joining, he found himself surrounded by many talented musicians. Brian especially appreciated the help and example of fellow trumpeter, Jimmie White, who was a senior that year.
Junior year, Brian began composing and recording his own music, and was designated first chair trumpet in the BHS band.
This year, his senior year, Brian and Issac Wang are co-leaders of the band’s brass section. Brian is also treasurer of music honor society, Tri-M (Modern Musical Masters).
Brian is grateful for the support and encouragement of his family and the many friends he’s made in the band, especially Chris Kelly and Sebastian Aragon.
“The music program at the high school has given me much more than well-needed experience playing music but they've given me a family,” he said. “I've made my closest friends through a mutual affinity of music and I would never take a moment of it back.”
Brian desires to make a living playing, composing and recording music. His life's goal is to be a music producer and/or manager.
Check out some of Brian's original music here.