Fowler Feature: Adonias Finch
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 14:10
“Since I was a young boy, music had always been a huge part of my life. Playing an instrument was a new method to display my musical excitement. In addition, I wasn’t good at sports; at ANY sports,” senior music education major, with trumpet and voice emphasis, Adonias Finch said about why he began playing music.
Finch, originally from Dyer, Tenn., came to Arkansas State because the music faculty, especially Chris Wilson and Tim Oliver, showed the most concern for his future success.
“The entire music faculty has influenced me in some fashion,” he stated, “Especially my trumpet instructor, Dr. Chris Wilson.”
Finch has made A-State his home and has built a strong musical foundation during his years here that he will take with him the rest of his life.
He has participated in multiple performances with the ASU Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Orchestra, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Choir.
He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity and a drum major for the Sound of the Natural State marching band.
As a drum major Finch has learned to be patient and selfless. He described his overall experience with the Sound of the Natural State as fun, exciting, and very rewarding.
His favorite memory as a drum major was traveling to Mobile, Ala. two consecutive years for the Go Daddy Bowl.
His favorite show he conducted, thus far, was the “Superhero” show for the 2013 season.
As a student, Finch’s life has been impacted heavily by two classes, Applied Trumpet Lessons and Wind Ensemble.
“These classes have impacted me through detailed instruction and pushed me to become the musician and man I desire to be,” Finch said. “The encouragement and constructive criticism I’ve received from the professors have also shaped me.”
Finch had the honor to perform the Residency with world renowned composer David Maslanka in spring 2013. He also won the Tennessee All-West and All-State trumpet awards and was a John Philip Sousa award winner.
“Music has taught me that I can always touch a soul if I have a story with every note and phrase that I play. So every time I perform I ought to always have a story because I never know whose soul my music is meant to touch on that given performance,” Finch said. “ I also believe that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of my success in life and the builder that paves my every step.”
Finch’s next performance will be with the Sound of the Natural State marching band at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 as the Arkansas State University Red Wolves play the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.