Torsen Necessary, a senior at Curtis High School in University Place, has won the Tacoma Concert Band’s 2012 Student Soloist Competition. The prize includes $500 and a performance as soloist with the band at Tacoma’s Pantages Theater on Feb. 25.
Held since 1990, the competition honors the late Wayne Timmerman, former principal trumpet with the band, and encourages both young regional performers and their school band programs.
“The Student Soloist Competition is the Tacoma Concert Band’s way of contributing to the development of fine young musicians,” said TCB founding director Robert Musser in a press release. “Even the best technology does not come close to the experience of stepping onto a stage and creating music for your friends and neighbors. We hope to foster that experience for as many future performers as possible.”
Necessary has played flute for seven years, and plays in the Curtis High School Symphonic Band, the Tacoma Youth Symphony as first flute, the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble at University of Puget Sound and the Northwest Flute Collegium.
Tacoma student and trombonist Antonio Patrick, a junior at Tacoma School of the Arts, was also a finalist in the competition.