The student: Nick Gallas, 16
School: Atholton High School
Special achievement: An accomplished clarinetist, Nick won the Fuchs Concerto Competition and is scheduled to play a solo with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony at the German Embassy in Washington on May 17. He also won the Concerto Competition at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan last summer and was selected as principal chair for the All Eastern Honors Orchestra. In March, he was featured on Public Radio International's program "From the Top."
His musical inspirations: Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, the Chicago Symphony, the Count Basie Band and his music teacher, Sidney Forrest. "He's been a huge inspiration in my life. He's helping me realize some things I can do with my clarinet - like you can play a note or you can play it and make it sound gorgeous to an entirely different effect. I can actually make music," Nick said.
Hobbies: When he's not practicing his clarinet, Nick enjoys skiing and watching movies. "I don't have much time for anything else," he said.