Raymond E. Fong is a fifth-year music performance student who desires to pick up a double major with music education.
Fong’s music career began in the fifth grade by starting with percussion, which lead him to playing the trumpet. By the time he was in the seventh grade, he picked up the instrument that he knew was right for him, the classical trombone.
This 22-year-old musician has been playing the classical trombone for about 11 years now.
Fong primarily plays wind ensemble, orchestra, jazz and brass ensemble music. He also enjoys playing the tuba for fun.
The music department has recognized him for his strong leadership within the department. He is currently the president of the music board on campus, making it his second year in that position.
“We allocate funds to different music ensembles,” Fong said. “We provide funds for them so they can go on tours, host master classes, bring in professional musicians and have productions.”
Music for him ventures even off campus as he is currently one of the two CPP students to be a coach for the Claremont Youth Symphony.
It is Fong’s fourth year as a coach in Claremont.
This position has him working hard to improve the middle school and to be a mentor to the youth. Fong prides himself on taking the education he is gaining here at CPP and being able to implement that as a coach.
“From my knowledge of being in college and being a college performer, you show them some of those skills that they don’t know,” Fong said. “A lot of those skills that I’ve got to teach them came from me being a section leader here.”
Fong will also be making a bigger music impact here on campus.
On Oct. 30, from noon to 1 p.m., there will be a Music Hour Showcase in the recital hall within the music department.
Fong will be one of the solo performers during that hour as he performs a piece on the trombone accompanied by Dr. Garnica playing the piano.
Another special event for Fong is on March 28 to 30.
Here on campus will be “In the Heights Musical” with a live pit orchestra.
CPP hasn’t seen a live pit orchestra in a performance in years.
Fong is one of the first students that CPP has seen to actually conduct a live pit orchestra. He actually organized all the musicians in the orchestra as well.
Music has a deep meaning to him. He sees music as an opportunity to give emotion to an audience and to take them on an “emotional roller coaster.”
“It’s like reading a book to them through only music,” Fong said.
Fong sees a bright future in music. He gets passionate when he talks about the multiple options that may lie ahead such as being a freelancing musician, playing in symphonies and orchestras, performing in studio gigs, movies and even musicals.
He even adds that he would like to possibly be a director of a brass ensemble at a college or a band director.
But no matter what path he decided to take, one thing is for certain, Fong never wants to stop playing his trombone.
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