Last summer, Shayte earned a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer academy for advanced musical study.

Wharton called the fellowship one of the two best in the country and noted that Shayte is his first student in his 37-year teaching career to participate in it.

Shayte, a member of the National Honor Society and of the math and Spanish honor societies, plans to continue to studying the trombone and liberal arts in college, he said.

The University of Maryland has already accepted him and he expects to hear from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and The Juilliard School after auditions at each of the institutions.

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Shayte said her rarely gets nervous for performances and auditions anymore because he relies on his meticulous preparation.

His most recent audition March 9 at Juilliard is a case in point. After a train ride to New York City for the audition, Shayte said he was asked to play selection for which he hadn't prepared. Rather than panic, he simply performed the music, which he said he had played before.

It was his best audition, he said.

"The disappointing thing, sort of, is I wish I had played that well at other auditions because I don't even know playing my best is even somewhat good enough for Juilliard," Shayte said. "But I'm proud of the way I played."

After school, Shayte said he hopes to begin a career as a professional musician in a big -city orchestra.

"If he's in the right place at the right time, it's going to happen," Wharton said, noting the intense competition professional musicians face. "He has the talent for it and the mind set for it."