ROCKPORT, Maine — The Visual and Performing Arts “Student of the Month” at Camden-Rockport Regional High School for June was awarded to Carrick Gambell.
Gambell has been involved in nearly every aspect of the program at Camden Hills Regional High School. He has been a member of the high school’s concert, symphonic and jazz bands for the past four years. He also has performed with the brass quintet, pep band and pit band for the school’s musicals.
Gambell has received many awards for his trombone performance. He has been a participant in the All-State Band and Orchestra for the past three years and the District III Honors Band for four. He was named Outstanding Band member in 2008 and earned the gold-rated solos award at the district and state jazz festivals. He also performed with Daniel Bernard Roumain through Bay Chamber Concerts.
Gambell began playing the trombone in fifth grade. He said that it took him awhile to really develop an interest in it. With support from the school music program and private instruction, he earned the confidence to develop his skill and further his enjoyment of the instrument. He really “enjoys getting together with a talented group of musicians and making a piece of music sound the best it possibly can.”
His advice to young instrumentalists is, “Those who are considering becoming involved in the arts should know that playing an instrument is not always fun, and not always easy. They should also know, however, that it can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Through constant practice and dedication, a great amount of satisfaction can be gained from an instrument. In my experience, the more time one puts into advancing their skills, the more fun it becomes to play the instrument.”
Gambell’s favorite artists include Wynton Marsalis, Tito Puente, Boston Brass, Rachmaninoff, Trombone Shorty, Lunasa, Herbie Hancock and Tower of Power. He plans to continue to play trombone in a college orchestra or jazz band.