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Sriram Bapatla brings dedication and spunk to North’s music program

Bapatla tends to practice playing the trumpet in his basement, which provides a quiet environment for him to concentrate and keeps him from interrupting his family with the loud instrument. He has yet to attempt composing music himself, but in terms of the music he plays, one of his favorite pieces is “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner.

By: Zehra Madhavan and Neha Tailigeri

The term “art” is most typically used to refer to things that you can see or hold: paintings, drawings, sculptures—creations one would find in a gallery or museum.  But the concept of art can be applied more broadly to less tangible forms like film and music, and one of the standout musicians here at North is none other than trumpeter Sriram Bapatla.

Bapatla, a senior this year, has been playing the trumpet since fifth grade, when he chose the instrument simply because it sounded appealing to him at the time.  Little did he know, that choice would turn into a lasting passion throughout his middle school and high school years.

Bapatla’s dedication to music and playing the trumpet goes beyond the school doors; he is part of not only multiple parts of North’s band and orchestra program but also the All State Band and the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, programs that bring together passionate, talented students from this area to further hone the students’ skills in musical performance.

In fact, one of Bapatla’s most notable musical experiences was with the All State Band.  “As far as my favorite experience, it was probably walking onto the stage of NJ Performing Arts Center for the first time and seeing the hall; it was quite breathtaking,” Bapatla said.  “But I guess even more than that moment, [I’ll remember] goofing off in the back of the orchestra with the brass section.  Every day is equally if not more memorable.”

Outside of music, Bapatla plays on North’s tennis team and is a Peer Leader.  He is also involved with Tutoring Society and National Honors Society.  His broad interests give him a busier lifestyle, but his friends consistently describe him as mellow, funny, and always ready to help when needed.  “My favorite moment about Sriram from orchestra is when we play duets together.  There’s something about playing duets that brings out the best in one’s musical abilities, and Sriram has such a great relaxed sound,” senior Freddy Maresca, one of Sriram’s closest colleagues in orchestra, said.

As some of his biggest supporters and inspirations, Bapatla cites his fellow band members who have accompanied him along his time here at North.  “The most enjoyable part for me is the community I get to be a part of.  I’ve made some really great friends through music, and that’s what made it so interesting,” he said.

Bapatla tends to practice playing the trumpet in his basement, which provides a quiet environment for him to concentrate and keeps him from interrupting his family with the loud instrument.  He has yet to attempt composing music himself, but in terms of the music he plays, one of his favorite pieces is “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner.

Although his trumpet-playing lends itself to his appreciation for orchestral music, Bapatla describes his personal music taste as more “low-key indie” than jazz or classical; when asked about his favorite artists, he named, among others, fuzz-folk group Neutral Milk Hotel and alternative band Alt-J.

Bapatla currently does not have plans to pursue music as a career or professional endeavor; however, he plans to keep playing instruments as a hobby, which will certainly let music remain a big part of his life.

 

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