Senior Spotlight: Collin Meyring
Collin is growing his hair for "Locks of Love" and he appreciates everyone being patient with the look. His favorite piece to play was "Blue Shades." While he struggled to get to Jazz I on time, he hasn't missed a single morning appointment with the waves since "corona-cation."
Instruments: Low Brass
Plan for the future: Moorpark, baby!!! I will hopefully be majoring in Music Education.
Travel aspirations: I've always wanted to live in a big city. So far San Francisco has been my favorite so I'd wanna live up there.
Proudest accomplishment: You know I was thinking about one single event, but I think my greatest achievement in high school was really discovering myself and coming out of my shell. Sorry for getting deep right there.
Favorite Memory: I have too many great memories from over all the years that I couldn't possibly nail a single favorite memory down. My favorite from last fall was after the middle school tour day, we were loading the truck for the last time and put the contras in the back of Cook’s pickup. After the last one was loaded, Mr.G stood on the side and was pretending to surf. I have a picture. Hit me up if you want to see it, lol.
Favorite musical piece/tune from high school: “Blue Shades” by far. I've never felt so much pride and accomplishment after playing a tune in concert than after playing that piece.
Most underappreciated thing about high school: I'm really going to miss the huge variety of people that you meet and get to know in your classes. I've hung out with so many people in class that I never would've met in my normal life.
Quarantine activities: I have surfed every morning for the past month and a half and that's not an exaggeration.
What I've been watching in quarantine: “Avatar: The last Airbender.” We bought it on Amazon at the beginning of quarantine and felt like fools when it came out on Netflix, but there hasn't been a day this whole corona-cation that we haven't watched “Avatar.”
What part of the ACHS Music Program has had the most impact on you and why? The marching programs, both winter and fall, have taught me that you can accomplish large tasks if you just take your time and do things one step at a time. At the beginning of the season, you look at this insurmountable task of learning eight minutes of drill and music and body that changes every week and everything. It seems impossible, but you just take the first step and break down the basics and soon you’re learning and by the end of the season, you have something beautiful. That whole process has really affected my life.
What would you say to your freshman self about the Music program if you could? First of all, I would tell myself to work on my bass trombone because that's what you're going to play whether you like it or not (and you eventually will). For general advice, I would just tell freshmen to just be yourself, as cliché as that sounds, it's the most important thing you can do. Everyone in high school is so worried about what other people think that they totally forget to be who they are and live their best life. The sooner you just be you, the better.