Logan Spielman - Texas Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Isabela Spielman Photography by Leslie Gilbert Issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Logan Spielman is one of the most musically talented people I’ve ever met, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his sister. From the first time he picked up his trumpet in 6th grade, he’s had a knack and a passion for music. He’s tirelessly worked his way up in band, practicing every single day, and his work shows. When he’s not playing his trumpet, he’s learning melodies by ear on the keyboard, or fiddling with making ringtones on GarageBand. Outside of band, he’s a loyal friend, a great brother, and an all around great person to be around.
Why do you think out of all the instruments there are, you picked the trumpet? I originally chose to play french horn in the sixth grade. I thought it was interesting and it sounded cool, and I would still be playing it today if it weren’t for my grandfather. My grandfather, who lives in New York and plays piano and congos in a local salsa band, told my mother that I seemed to be “a trumpet guy.” He was right. I find the trumpet to be such a beautiful instrument. It can be lyrical and smooth in one moment then extreme and impactful in the next. Trumpet provides me, and many others, with my own voice, an outlet to our inner thoughts and feelings when words aren’t enough. Because of this, I believe it is truly a versatile instrument.
Did learning how to play the trumpet come fairly easy or was it something you really had to work at? Explain. At first, trumpet playing came naturally when I first started studying it in middle school. I may have an inherent talent for it, but the high caliber and expectations of the school district quickly made me realize that hard work was also necessary to excel. Any brass musician knows that if you aren’t practicing every day, no matter how short the practice session is, you will have a hard time advancing your skills and developing a mature tone. I remember an analogy I heard at a brass wind masterclass held during the summer after my freshman year of high school, “Think of your developing skill set as a huge piggy bank. Every day you practice, you are saving a single penny in the bank. Every day you don’t practice, you are taking two out.” As I applied this lesson to my practice, I also developed a joy in seeking the most challenging pieces. Practice and hard work, the pursuit of getting the first part and more challenges became a virtuous circle.
Tell us about your thoughts on leadership and your passion for it. I have been a section leader and drill instructor for the trumpet section of the Vandegrift HS Band for the past two years. I’ve also been a class president and officer in the Hill Country chapter of Young Men’s Service League. Before being honored with these positions and opportunities, I thought leadership was about leading others towards a generic goal. After working and performing these roles, I recognized that it was much more than that. It was harder than that. I learned that leadership is also about leading through example. The ideal leader is a selfless role model, one who understands the needs and ambitions of the group and provides the inspiration for those they lead to achieve these goals. Being a leader teaches you what I believe to be the most important attribute someone can have, to be honest and humble, and that is something I strive to achieve and reflect in my everyday life.
Please tell us about the newly founded Young Men's Service League chapter and how you are involved in it. As I said earlier, I held the position of class president and other officer positions of the Hill Country Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League from when it was founded in 2016 to today. As part of the founding class, it was important that we set the example for future classes, establishing a legacy of leadership and service that would benefit others for years to come. I personally worked towards volunteering many hours at multiple locations throughout the year. I believe that being a part of this organization and working these positions has pushed me to grow into a better leader, a more humble person, and it has taught me the importance of giving back to the community and those in need.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future?
As I am planning to study Architectural Engineering at Texas A&M University, I wish to see myself graduating from there with some sort of business opportunity like a study/work program or an internship at an engineering firm or design house, playing trumpet on the side. Right now, the thrill of jumping into a whole new world like college is what I am most excited about though.
Logan will be featured in Issue 31 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!