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    Erin Scirica


    When Erin was in fourth grade, in order to play in the school band, she had to choose an instrument that she wanted to learn to play.  Erin first chose the tuba, but it was a little too heavy for the four foot tall fourth grader. Her next choice was the trombone, but her arms were just too short. She finally decided on the trumpet because it wasn't too heavy and it wasn't too long, and at the time, three valves seemed a lot easier to play than any of the other instruments.  Erin has been playing the trumpet ever since then.

    While in the Intermediate School, she performed her first solo at a concert with piano accompaniment.  As an 8th grader, Erin was involved with the Shelton High School Marching Gaels. (The marching band.)  Shelton High occasionally selects a handful of eighth graders that are allowed to play in the high school marching band. Erin was one of those lucky few and enjoyed every minute of it.  As a junior, Erin was chosen to be one of the Drum Majors along with Jonathan Blanck (who  attends Western CT State College).  Erin studied trumpet with 
    Lou Pluchino during high school. "I would not be the same musician I am now if it weren't for the lessons I had with Lou every week."  Erin has a great amount of respect for Lou and has realized that she couldn't have gotten this far without him. 

    Currently she is a junior attending Western Connecticut State University with the goal of having a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Erin is involved in the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Brass, and the Jazz Orchestra at Western. Along with these performing groups, she takes trumpet lessons from Rich Clymer, the trumpet instructor at the college.


    Over the past three years, Erin has taught trumpet lessons to children over the summer. She also plays Taps for the Veterans of Shelton on Memorial Day, Veterans Day and sometimes Fireman's Day. She also plays with a brass quintet at the Unitarian Church of Westport for some holidays and has been a member of the Stratford Community Concert Band for four years. 



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