Xavier Al-Mateen '09
Lawrence University Class of 2013
"Academically, my transition from public school to Charles Wright in seventh grade was tough and it took some time to adjust to the much higher academic standards. However, participation in the symphonic band and various other small ensembles provided me with a comfortable daily break from my more demanding academic classes, and I had little trouble adjusting socially. Getting to know Ms. Huckins before my first days of school eased my transition to band. Being a member of the CWA symphonic band has allowed me to get to know students from all of the classes and to meet new students each year. As a senior, I offered guidance to the underclassmen who compose our band's clarinet section. The atmosphere of the bandroom has always been relaxed and amiable. Ms. Huckins is always very positive and encouraging. We enjoy our time together while getting our work done. During my high school years, I discovered that my musical preference is to play in small ensembles with other motivated musicians. Ms. Huckins offered me opportunities to perform in the pit for the musicals. My freshman year, for Annie Get Your Gun, I played clarinet along with a very experienced musician. I learned a lot from observing and adopting some of her techniques. As a junior, I had more responsibility as the only clarinet in the pit for The Wizard of Oz. I did not study music in college, but I continue to experiment with diverse genres of music and I hope to always be involved in music in some form throughout my life."