Kevin Rahrig began playing the trumpet in the sixth grade, and it didn’t take
long before he was hooked.
“When I picked it up, it just came naturally to me,” said Rahrig, a senior at Eastwood High School.
Rahrig comes from a musical background. His father, Doug, played the trumpet in high school at Otsego, and his mother, Carla, sang in high school at Bowling Green and also in college at BGSU.
Brian Myers, who has been Eastwood’s band director for nine years, said Rahrig is not only “obviously gifted, but his dedication has been extraordinary.”
“The practice time he puts in for the extra ensembles is so far above average,” Myers said. “That’s what puts him above the rest. You name an ensemble here at Eastwood and he’s been a part of it – orchestra, pep band, Christmas ensemble, solo and ensemble adjudicated events. He’s taken private lessons for several years and he’s been a section leader since his sophomore year.”
It was no surprise, then, that Rahrig was chosen to play trumpet in the 10th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl marching band.
The band, made up of high school musicians from around the country, performed during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex.
Rahrig, 18, was one of four band members from Ohio.