Music Student of the Month: Tyler Thormahlen

Jun 03, 2015 Karen Parks's photo.

Congratulations to our Music Student of the Month Tyler Thormahlen!

Tyler has played the French Horn since 6th grade. His mom Karen, who nominated him, says he was unfortunately bullied in elementary and middle school. That experience drove him to become a role model and mentor for other band students.

In high school, Tyler quickly distinguished himself as a leader in the band. He was the section leader, logistics coordinator, and eventually VP of the band! Karen tells us Tyler also had a goal of reaching the All-State level- and he did! He made it for the first time in 11th grade, and again in 12th. Karen says he even moved up to second chair that final year! Also in 12th grade, Tyler was chosen to perform with the National Honor Orchestra in Indiana!

Despite his musical talents, Karen said Tyler enrolled in the Engineering Department at Texas A&M. However, at the end of his first semester, Tyler called to tell her that his passion was music and that he decided to withdraw from Texas A&M. Karen supported Tyler's dream and he applied to SFA University for music education. She said Tyler started there this January and was quickly invited to be a part of the horn quartet and the brass quintet! Karen said, "I admire him for following his dreams! He rocks!"

Karen, we couldn't agree more! And that's why Tyler us our June Music Student of the Month. We are lucky to have Tyler as a future music educator!

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