SENIOR SPOTLIGHTS

jake baum-voice

Choir IV Advanced - Unstrumental

Where and when you started playing your instrument: Started singing in 5th Grade

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: House of the Rising Sun

Biggest musical inspiration: Lin Manuel Miranda

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Getting in to Unstrumental

Plans for next year: University of Miami. Go Canes!

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes. I hope to do A Cappella in College

Other accomplishments: Broadcasting!


Natalie Golds-Piano

Jazz Workshop-Jazz B

Where and when you started playing your instrument: 6 years old

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: “Greasy Sack Blues” and “Jump Jive an’ Wail”

Biggest musical inspiration: Miley Cyrus & Billy Joel

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Meeting Sam+Nathan and finally grasping the concept of comping during solo sections

Plans for next year: Pepperdine starting January 2023- I am going to own a dancewear line and teach dance

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Absolutely! I will be practicing as frequently as possible.

Other accomplishments: I have also been in the CHS dance program for all 4 years. I choreographed a lyrical piece that will be showcased in the Spring concert. I am also a car photographer.


Gavin Meichelbock-Trombone/voice

Marching Band-Symphonic Band-Wind Ensemble-Jazz B-Jazz A-Unstrumental

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started singing in second grade in theater and started playing trombone in 6th grade at AC Stelle

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Riggs!, Peace Blue Silver, Hoe Down, Shining Star

Biggest musical inspiration: Justin Hurwitz's La La Land score.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Sing Central Jazz Festival in Savanah Georgia.

Plans for next year: I am going to UCLA for the next 4 years and will be studying Musicology at the Herb Alpert School of Music.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes

Other accomplishments: Organizing a musical number for the 2022 seniors to perform, starting the band Watermelon Lemonade, Introducing a song in the 2021 Winter Concert.


Rowan Keller Smith-Cello/Trombone

Orchestra-Marching Band

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing cello in sixth grade and started trombone in 9th grade

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin

Biggest musical inspiration: Mitski

Plans for next year: I am going to Ithaca College to double major in Writing and Theater Studies

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes! I plan on minoring in music in college and plan to continue playing cello for the rest of my life

Other accomplishments: I am also in theater and write for the school newspaper


Nico Muhoberac-VOice/guitar/flute/ukulele

Marching Band-Jazz Workshop-Orchestra

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I've been singing for as long as I can remember and I started playing instruments at 7 or 8.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: I got to play so many different genres/styles in my time in the music program, so I couldn't possibly choose. I really enjoyed doing all of them.

Biggest musical inspiration: Elliott Smith

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Getting to play my own song accompanied by the orchestra.

Plans for next year: I'm going to the Los Angeles College of Music, and hopefully I'll have a lot of opportunities to perform in and out of school.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I plan to make it my career!

Other accomplishments: I released three songs on all platforms throughout my time in high school.


Leila afshari-percussion/cello

Marching Band-Orchestra

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing in the orchestra in the sixth grade and I started learning percussion in the ninth grade

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Farandole by Georges Bizet

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Being with the Marching Band during the football season and building memories and traditions together that have continued throughout the different musical groups over the years

Plans for next year: I will attend CSU Chico and major in International Relations

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I will continue music in my free time and for my enjoyment

Other accomplishments: Music Leadership and the Model UN Travel Team


Bobby Buyalos-Tenor Saxophone

Jazz A Band-Jazz Combo-Pit Band-Wind Ensemble-Symphonic Band/Marching Band-A Harmonic Remedy

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing the saxophone in third grade after I saw Jimmy Berman play it at the Round Meadow Elementary School talent show.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Hoe Down, Take the A Train, Freedom Jazz Dance, Frosty Harbor, "Chicago" Overture

Biggest musical inspiration: Joel Ross, Jacob Collier, and Billie Eilish (ask me about this!)

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: The Savannah Jazz Festival and Pit Band (Chicago and Wizard of Oz)

Plans for next year: Attending the University of Chicago, majoring in Economics and Political Science

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes! I plan to be active in a jazz group in college

Other accomplishments: Outside of music, I am a Model UN Co-President, an Eagle Scout, on the NHS Board, and conducted constructivist IR research on the theorization of post-modern armed conflict in Yemen.


Omeid Majd-Trumpet

Marching Band-Concert Band-Symphonic Band-Jazz Workshop-Jazz B, Wind Ensemble-Jazz A

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I began playing the trumpet in Beginning Band at A.C. Stelle Middle School.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: My favorite pieces were “Buckjump” from my Sophomore year in Jazz and "Mary Poppins" from my Freshman year in Concert Band.

Biggest musical inspiration: My biggest musical inspiration would have to be the Trumpet player Maynard Ferguson.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Going on away football games with the marching band and playing the Mii channel theme at the games.

Plans for next year: I plan to go to the University of California, Riverside to do a double major in Biology and Music Composition.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Yes! I plan on continuing to play the Trumpet in the UCR pep band, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra while getting my degree in Music Composition.

Other accomplishments: I was on the board for the Tri-M Music Honor Club as the leader arranger of the music for the groups. It was one of the most fun high school experiences I ever had and it was able to teach me a lot about arranging music for different groups.


Savannah Devor-Clarinet/Piano/Saxophone/Flute/Guitar

Marching Band-Symphonic Band-Wind Ensemble

Where and when you started playing your instrument: I started playing clarinet in 6th grade, and started playing Piano in first grade. I played Saxophone in Jazz band in 7th grade. I also began learning flute for fun in 7th grade. I recently began taking guitar lessons a few months ago.

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Bad (Micheal Jackson) in my freshman year in marching band

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Playing in the Marching Band with my friend Valentina. Also when we had the opportunity to go to the Rosebowl and play during the halftime show at a UCLA football game.

Plans for next year: Brigham Young University (Provo)

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I want to continue playing piano

Other accomplishments: Band Leadership, Church Young Women President, Varsity on the CHS Swim Team

Lily Greco-Piano/guitar/voice

Vivace-Bare Rhythm

Where and when you started playing your instrument: Piano- 1st grade; Singing- 1st grade; Guitar- 10th grade

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: In Bare Rhythm this year we performed Call Me by Blondie which I loved.

Biggest musical inspiration: Christina Aguilera, Ariana Grande, Whitney Houston, and Jessie J.

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: I loved when I performed at Carnegie Hall my freshman year with everyone. It was such a surreal experience.

Plans for next year: I am going to Syracuse University and majoring in music business.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: Of course! I plan to join an a cappella group at Syracuse.

arabella mercer-voice/guitar/piano

Maestoso-Vivace-Unstrumental-Bare Rhythm

Where and when you started playing your instrument: II taught myself guitar in 2017, and have been singing since I was a baby

Favorite pieces you have played at CHS: Definitely House of the Rising Sun with Unstrumental

Biggest musical inspiration: Lizzy McAlpine

Favorite CHS Music memory/memories: Performing with Unstrumental after two years of quarantine

Plans for next year: I plan to go to the University of California, Riverside to do a double major in Biology and Music Composition.

Do you plan to continue music after leaving CHS: I will be attending a wonderful English conservatoire for the next 3 years pursuing music

Other accomplishments: Success on social media platforms for music, working on a proper album, being pursued by record labels, receiving the opportunity to audition for competitive singing shows, and solo-ing at Carnegie Hall.