CMA Student Interview – Santosh Sharma
What school are you currently attending?
I go to Roosevelt High School. I am a freshman.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to go to a music college and get a degree in jazz performance. Or, if I am good enough, move straight to New York after high school and play professionally.
How long have you been playing music? What is your musical background?
I have been playing music since second grade. I started on the piano and then switched to alto saxophone in 4th grade, then I moved up tenor saxophone in the seventh grade.
How long have you been a student at CMA? Can you describe your experience here?
I have been a student since fourth grade. I have had a great time, and I have had the opportunity to play in combos run by the faculty at CMA. It has been a great environment to encourage the growth of my playing.
How have CMA teachers helped you to where you are today?
They exposed me to the vast land of music, and they exposed me to playing in groups with others. Whenever I had a question, they would give me great answers that helped me improve as a musician. They also helped steer me in the right direction, and correct my mistakes. Without them, I probably wouldn't have had as much motivation to be the best I can.
Who are your inspirations? What are you currently listening to now?
I am inspired by many jazz artists, and I listen to to the people who I am inspired by. Some of the musicians are: Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, John Coltrane, Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Dexter Gordon.... The list goes on forever.
What is your favorite part about playing music?
The Moment. When I am on stage and playing, it feels as if my senses are elevated, I can hear clearer, think clearer, etc. Improvising is all in the moment, and is my favorite part.
What advice do you have for kids younger than you who are involved in music or want to get involved in music?
Find someone who plays your instrument that you really like. Find someone that inspires you to play your instrument to the best of your abilities. Also, Listen, Listen, Listen! How else would you learn about the music?
What your future goals and dreams?
My goal is to be the best saxophone player I can be. I would love to tour the world when I'm older and share my joy of playing music with others.
Is there anything else you want us to know about you?