Seafords Ged Pearson selected to perform at Carnegie Hall with honors series band

By Mike McClure

Seaford High junior Ged Pearson was drawn to music since he was a young child. At age five, thanks to the efforts of his mom, he started getting piano lessons. His hard work and dedication to music has paid off. Pearson is one of 700 students selected to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the honors performance series symphony orchestra, band, and choir.

Ged was one of 18,000 student musicians to apply for the honor. On Oct. 31 he was notified that he would be playing the clarinet with the band.

Im very excited. To me it means this is a reward for all the hard work that I put in to my music studies, said Pearson. Its just a blessing that I get to participate in an event like this.

In June, Pearson sent his audition, two pieces of music that he had worked on for two months. It takes time to perform the solo, to make sure that Im sounding the best that I can, Pearson added.

Pearsons mom, Amy, noticed him humming when he ate at the age of three. The family had a piano in the house, and as a young child he was drawn to it.

I would always touch the keys. I liked the sound that it made, said Pearson.

When Ged was five, Amy pushed for her son to have piano lessons. The teacher thought he was too young, but Pearsons mom was persistent.

Im very grateful that I started at the age that I did because I wouldnt be where I am today if I hadnt started at an early age, Pearson said.

By fifth grade, Pearson learned to play the trumpet. He later learned to play the flute (sixth grade), the saxophone and clarinet (seventh grade), and the french horn and bassoon (eighth grade) and also can play the violin and guitar.

The piano, clarinet, and flute are his favorite instruments to play.

I definitely have some that I can play better than others, said Pearson.

Geds parents, George and Abby Pearson, and sister, Abby, do not play music, but they have been his main supporters.

Theyre my best support system. No matter what I do they always say theyre proud of me. Theyre just glad Im able to share my gift from God with the community, Pearson said. He added that exchange students Valeria Orlando of Spain and Rafael Volt of Germany and his aunt, Pamela Lewis, have also provided him with support.

His familys lack of musical experience sometimes creates a language barrier, but Pearson said they show great patience. Its difficult when I go to explain things to them about music, said Pearson.

Pearson initially had lessons once a day, now he practices on his various instruments after school for a total of three hours a day. He is a member of all-state chorus and is a past member of all-county band and is appreciative of the schools support for its music program.

They show how much they truly care about the arts, Pearson said.

After high school, Pearson wants to teach music in high school or college, sharing his gift and love of music with future generations. He plans to attend a four year university for music performance or education.

The main goal is to teach music and share it with as many kids as possible. Its a pretty big source of happiness, said Pearson. Music is a big part of my life. I dont know what I would do without it. Theres always a tune in my head or Im whistling or humming music.

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