ITHACA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — “Initially wanted to play clarinet because I heard Benny Goodman on the radio.”
But Rowan Lynch’s sister played clarinet so he picked up the saxophone. That was in fourth grade.
Lynch graduated from Ithaca High School last spring and just started at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester. He is majoring in Jazz Performance.
“What about jazz intrigued you?” Carrie Lazarus asked.
“I think it’s just like the freedom of it,” Lynch replied. “Like in all music, you have an opportunity to express yourself through the way you interpret the music, but in jazz, it’s pretty much do whatever you want.”
Lynch says he had an amazing music education in Ithaca, a school district where music matters.
“Because funding is short, music is one of those things that isn’t prioritized, but in Ithaca, it’s definitely viewed as important and I appreciate that,” Lynch said.
“What’s the dream Rowan?” Lazarus asked.
Lynch replied, “I’d like to be able to make a living playing jazz.”
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