Senior Spotlight: Pianist Adam Rochelle
by Louisa Moore on Friday, June 7th, 2013
Among the amazing musical talent at Milton, one senior – Adam Rochelle – stands out. A central figure in the jazz ensemble and the Music Editor of Magus Mabus, Adam has displayed his love for music by exploring its many different forms and sharing it with others.
Adam started his musical career twelve years ago with classical piano lessons. Five years into his classical training, he switched to jazz; from there, he was hooked. With jazz, he says, “music became a lot more fun for me.” Since then, Adam’s command of instruments has increased impressively. He started playing the saxophone six years ago (he had about a year of lessons) and only went on to teach himself to play guitar, bass, and drums when he entered Milton.
Naturally, when Adam came to Milton as a freshman, he immediately joined the jazz ensemble. With the group, he has gone twice on the South Africa tour, a trip that runs every other year. He finds the “improvisational focus in jazz…really interesting,” so he has tried to involve himself in it as much as possible at Milton and outside of school. At Milton, besides living in the jazz wing of Kellner, Adam received the position of Magus Mabus Music Editor. This job was created last year to relieve the Magus Editor-In-Chief of the responsibility of running Beatnik open mic nights. Taking on this responsibility came easily to Adam as he is no stranger to Beatnik, having performed at every one during his time at Milton. Since taking the position at Magus Mabus last spring, Adam has expanded the music board and created more opportunity for Milton students to share their music. As Music Editor, he has “developed the Magus CD concept and created a whole staff of people that will use their combined talents to make these things even better next year.”
Adam’s musical endeavors do not stop there. A frequent performer at morning class assemblies, he would play “random songs [he] learned just the night before or improvise altogether.” For his senior project, he was writing songs for people and genres he had never explored before. He even has a band, Centre St., in which he sings and plays keyboard with Johnnie Gilmore (II) on bass, his brother Sam Rochelle (IV) on drums and vocals, and Sam Baler of Holliston High School on guitar and vocals. Over the summer, Adam is a Counselor In Training at the Charles River Creative Arts Program, where he can share his love for music with younger musicians.
Adam’s enthusiasm for his own practicing and performing is clear, and his teachers have certainly picked up on it. Many see that he is, in the words of his English teacher, Mr. Fricke, “a musician first.” His advisor, Mr. Pratt, can tell that many “hours of every day [go into] thinking about music.” Of course, he has received many accolades from the music department. Mr. Sinicrope, his jazz teacher, calls him “wonderfully generous” and a “vital member” of the Milton jazz ensembles. His teachers see his dedication, easiness, creativity, and talent. Adam will surely be missed next year, but he has left his musical legacy here.
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