Olivet The Magazine | With the Band

Olivet professor spent a week participating in the Diversity Fellowship with the U.S. Air Force Band.

October 31, 2023 Arts & Music, Olivet The Magazine

JaKobe Henry playing trumpet

This summer adjunct music professor JaKobe Henry spent a week participating in the Diversity Fellowship with the United States Air Force Band. Professor Henry is a crossover trumpet player, educator and composer based out of Urbana, Illinois.

“My favorite thing about playing trumpet is the limitless colors that the instrument can produce,” he said. “Much like the voice, the trumpet has the potential to produce sounds that can really touch the soul and transcend ink on a piece of paper.”

The Diversity Fellowship is an annual opportunity for talented musicians in the early stages of their professional careers to hone their skills and build relationships with members of a premier band. The fellowship experience encourages participants to explore the artistry within their music while collaborating to produce unified sounds within the group.

“It was an amazing educational opportunity to see how one of the top concert bands in the world operates,” Henry said. “We participated in a few rehearsals, took lessons and ended the week with a concert, but my favorite moments from the experience were with the other fellows.”

From Olivet The Magazine, Strength & Hope – Autumn 2023. Read the full issue HERE.

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