Arizona State clarinet professor gives lessons to Forest Park students

Published: Mar. 15, 2017 at 7:03 PM EDT
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An Arizona State University professor of clarinet visited the Forest Park Schools in Crystal Falls Monday. Doctor Robert Spring held an all-day seminar for the band students at the school.

Band students at the school got a unique musical experience with Dr. Spring's full day visit. The longtime professor came all the way from the Grand Canyon State to the U.P. just to give students the special opportunity of getting to learn from one of the best.

"These kids are so eager to learn and so eager to be a part of this whole music-making process. And for me to be able to come here and hopefully have some kind of an impact on somebody is really important to me, as a teacher and as an artist,” Dr. Spring said.

Spring has often been described as one of the country's most talented clarinetists, and the ASU School of Music professor devoted the entire day to teaching students the basics of playing the instrument.

While the Arizona State professor traveled hundreds of miles to join the Crystal Falls students, Spring is no stranger to Michigan or the U.P. He received three degrees from the University of Michigan, including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree and has been an instructor at the Iron County Band Camp for over 20 years now.

"It's fantastic. When I was telling this group here about it when they come in…someone they might understand, I said this would be like if our football team brought in like Aaron Rodgers to come work with them,” Forest Park Band Director Norman Vanaman said. “You know, he's the best of the best; he's among one of the best in the country."

In addition to the band students receiving lessons by the Master of Music in wind instruments, the Forest Park Band director also got the chance to shadow the professor and pick up a few tips from the pro himself.

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