Music in Our Schools Month

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To celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, the students of the high school enjoyed a performance and workshop from Sergeant First Class (SFC) John Altman, who plays the trumpet in the U.S. Army Field Band. SFC Altman held a master class for the school’s trumpet players, who had the opportunity to thank him for his service. The Deer Park High School Jazz Band also had the distinct honor of having SFC Altman join their ensemble during an evening rehearsal. The day was a musical treat for students as they listened to the lead trumpeter play music by composers Haydn and Arutunian and had the opportunity to meet and perform with a member of the prestigious U.S. Army Field Band.    

Before joining the U.S. Army Field Band, SFC Altman received his B.A. at the Centre College of Kentucky and his master’s in jazz pedagogy and performance at Northern Illinois University. In addition to performing lead trumpet with the Chicago Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, he has also been a member of the Florida Chamber Orchestra, Rockford Symphony Orchestra and Washington Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.