Trombone Junior Instructor Jeremy Killeen just graduated from Mason, and he will be presenting a recital performance on Thursday, July 20th on the university campus. Starting this fall, he will be serving the United States Navy Fleet Band after going through bootcamp training. Faculty Coordinator Claire Allen recently interviewed him to find out more about this up and coming musician.
CAllen: What is special about teaching for the Academy?
JKilleen: When students are enrolled in the Academy for lessons, they get opportunities to perform – and being able to see the joy of a student after they have successfully completed a performance is extremely rewarding.
CAllen: How did you first fall in love with music?
JKilleen: When I was 13, I got to go see the Chicago Symphony orchestra for the first time, and when I heard the brass section play, I was mesmerized. I went home and started listening to as much classical music as I could.
CAllen: Tell me about an especially memorable teaching moment.
JKilleen: My most memorable moment teaching was when I had my 7 year old student, who had only been playing for 8 months at the time, come in to a lesson and play an excerpt from the New World Symphony. He played it so beautifully that it almost brought me to tears. He played with so much passion and emotion along with not missing any notes, I was blown away.
CAllen: Do you have any pets?
JKilleen: I have a three-legged cat named Tree. [see photo below]
TROMBONE RECITAL PERFORMANCE
Mr. Killeen will be performing a recital of solo and chamber works, accompanied by colleagues from the Mason community. This recital is FREE and open to the public, and all are invited!
WHEN: Thursday, July 20th at 8PM
WHERE: De Laski Performing Arts Building on the Mason Fairfax Campus (Room 3001)
PARKING: Visitors will need to park in the Mason Pond Parking Deck See Map
We wish Jeremy all the best in his future endeavors!