Dowling Catholic Graduate Jacob Nissly (01) is profiled on the San Francisco Symphony web site for his Principal Percussionist role with the symphony. Nissly, a member since 2013, shares his experiences and reflects on the teachers in his life who shaped his career and talents.
“Some of the best teachers I have had were the teachers who very much encouraged me to explore all modes of music making whether it be in a rock and role band or jazz ensemble, Nissly says in his video profile.
Dowling Catholic Band Director Steve Holland is equally complimentary of Nissly saying, “Jacob played drum set in Jazz ensemble, center snare in marching band, and was all around great percussionist in Symphony Band. When not assigned to play in Symphony Band he would read the Wall Street Journal to stay out of trouble!”
If your parents ever submitted you to regular music lessons as a kid, you probably got in a fight with them once or twice about it. Maybe you didn’t want to go; maybe you didn’t like practicing. But we have some bad news: They were right. It turns out that all those endless major scale exercises and repetitions of “Chopsticks” had some incredible effects on our minds. Read more…
Trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom explains how a Music degree was fundamental to her career and the importance of music education to society.