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Save The Music staff got a chance to interview Naomi Moccio, a budding trumpet player in a small town in West Virginia. She participated in a side-by-side concert with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra that was organized by the team at Save The Music. The photos you see in this article are from her time in that program.

Read on to learn about her experience in music!

What is your favorite part of music class?

Playing together with my bandmates and hearing all the instruments come together to create music.

How does music make you feel?

Depending on the music it makes me feel happy, sad, or both at the same time. When I play my trumpet, I feel like dancing because it sounds jazzy. Other times when I hear the trumpet playing, like the Marine Corps Taps, I feel respect for what the music represents

Has music helped you through a challenging period in your life?

Music helped me make new friends and get out of my shell. I joined my Middle School Band to try something new and interesting and it turned out that I loved it and found my “thing” I was able to make connections with other kids that had the same interests as me, as well as pushed myself to be brave and put myself out there by playing solos and getting on stage in front of an audience.

What is your favorite kind of music?

I like pop music; the beats make me want to dance and sing along.

How do you feel when you play music? When you listen to it?

I feel successful because I am able to master a skill and create a beautiful sound through my instrument.