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Agustin Martinez

It’s funny being where I am now. I entered high school as a band kid, not really because I was passionate about music but because all my friends were in band. If freshman me looked into the future, he would be pleasantly surprised with what he saw. I have grown to love the art music over the course of my high school career, and I have no intention of stopping now. I grew to love playing the bass trombone, at first for the competitive aspect of TMEA and our chair seating in the wind symphony but my passion at being the best I could be at my instrument turned into a passion for making music that can truly move people’s souls. I grew to love teaching others how to craft music that can impact others, but I also grew to love learning better ways to create original pieces that have the same effect.

I joined the film department for fun during my sophomore year, at first for fun as well but it changed something in me. I will never forget my classes reaction to an emotional PSA that I made for substance abuse, many of them saying that my song choice was perfect. I then found my calling, not choosing music that can move people but creating it out of my own mind. I now look to the great film composers such as John Williams, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer, John Powell and so many more. I look up to other symphony and orchestra composers like Peter Graham, Eric Whitacre, Alfred and Owen Reed, Camille Saint-Saëns, Anton Bruckner and again, so many more. I now have a passion to compose at a level as my musical heroes, so then one day I can change people’s lives for the better without saying a word. I have a long road ahead of me until I get where I want to be, but I started the first steps. I will be studying music composition at the University of Houston, then I plan to attend USC and complete a graduate degree in screen scoring.

My final goal is to become a film composer, and if I get enough luck, to be a successful one. The professional music industry can be somewhat of a game, so I am working with my soon-to-be college professors about how to navigate my way into a successful and fulfilling career. I hope to not only to make a living by doing what I love, but to master the craft of music. There is just something so surreal about watching someone tear up to a piece you wrote. I’ve experienced that only for the first time, and I hope it will not be the last. Music has changed my life for the better, and I hope to give back to music one day