By Rudy Silva
CSU Long Beach student
As a kid from Indio, it was impossible to realize that the clarinet would be my path to Cal State Long Beach.
At the urging of a church friend, I somewhat reluctantly decided to explore the band program in middle school. The clarinet was my choice for a simple reason: I was able to get a decent sound out of it on the first try. With no musicians in the family, that note – if it could be called an actual note – opened up an entire world. I went from dancing with the radio to quickly advancing through music books. In fact, my teacher would not believe me at first when I told her I was ready for new material.
I continued making music throughout high school with the marching band, jazz band, district honor band, and community orchestra. I even found myself as drum major in my junior year of high school. With all that, I never thought of my future in music until my band teacher asked me, “Are you going to be an artist or a band director?” as we worked on a prop for a performance. The potential that he saw in me made the next step seem possible.