We would like you to meet Carolyn Jones. Carolyn is a 17-year-old violinist in the McQueen Orchestra. Miss Carolyn is an alumnus of Rollan Melton and Billinghust Middle School. She is from Reno, Nevada and we consider ourselves “lucky” to know her!
Carolyn started playing the violin in sixth grade so this is her seventh year playing. Carolyn says, “we had to do either choir, band, or orchestra in middle school and I picked orchestra. I picked orchestra because I thought it sounded better than band and because I’m a bad singer.” She picked the violin. “I knew that I wanted to play the violin because of its higher pitch and because it just looked fun to play!”
Carolyn loves the orchestra. “My favorite thing about orchestra is all the awesome people there are! I’ve made so many new friends in orchestra that I probably wouldn’t have met if I wasn’t in orchestra.” She said her favorite orchestra memory is the infamous Utah trip. “All my friends in orchestra went and it was so much fun to go to a different city and play music! It was a great experience!”
Her favorite band is Mumford and Sons. “I love them because they create music that is very meaningful yet fun to listen to and sing along with! I love all the instruments they play!! The banjo, acoustic guitar, piano, double bass, just all of it!” We tend to agree.
Miss Carolyn is one of the most genuinely happy members of the McQueen Orchestra and her smile is infectious. Her laugh is too. But she recognizes it isn’t always easy. “The hardest part of being a musician is motivation. Sometimes there will be music that is hard to play and you just want to give up. It is hard to keep trying but being a musician has taught me not to give up no matter how hard something is!” When asked what advice she would give a struggling string student she said, “I would tell the student that giving up is the worst thing they can do. Things may be difficult at first but the rewards that you will receive later on will make you forget all the pain and difficulty it took to get there!”
The most important people in Carolyn’s life are her friends and her family. She says,
“The most influential people in my life are my family and my best friend Michelle Vasquez. My family has supported me in everything I do and I am so thankful for that! I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. My best friend Michelle has also always been there for me. She is also in orchestra and it is just great to be able to hang out with someone who understands me and accepts me for who I am no matter what!!!”
Carolyn played varsity soccer in the fall and is also in the guitar class at McQueen. In fact, Carolyn has played soccer for a long time. Some of us were even present at a recital not too many years ago where Carolyn came straight from a soccer game and played her song beautifully in her soccer uniform, shin guards and all.
Miss Carolyn has big plans for her future. “I want to be an architect. I want to design houses and other structures! I might even design energy-efficient buildings! Yay!!!” But first she is looking to have a memorable senior year, spend a lot of time with her friends and pass her AP tests. Beyond that, “my goals for the future are to become an architect who can make the world a little bit better. I also like making people happy so I want to try to spread my happiness to everyone I meet!!!” Somehow we think those are very achievable goals for Miss Carolyn. It can even be argued that she has alredy succeeded.
Carolyn plans to keep playing music after high school. “I love music so much and I can’t imagine not having it in my life!”
Miss Carolyn would also like to let the world, and in particular a certain cute Quarterback in Indianapolis, know that she is a dedicated Colts fan. She is a girl after our own football loving hearts. When asked if there is anything else she wanted to say about herself she said this:
” I would like to say that I am a huge Indianapolis Colts fan. Like HUGE. Like I’m obsessed with them!!! I love football a lot and love to watch it with my family. I am also in love with the quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck. He is someone who really inspires me because he has done so many things that I want to do and because he likes so many things that I like! I am so obsessed with him that I have posters of him in my room and one of them is life-sized!! 6′ 4″!!!!” All we can say is Andrew Luck is “lucky” to have Miss Carolyn in his corner. We hope he knows that. Because he should know that.
Carolyn’s one word to describe herself as a musician is “Exuberant!!!” We would have to agree!
Good “Luck” Miss Carolyn. Don’t go too far because we will be hitting you up for Andrew Luck stats next Fantasy Football season.