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Berlin Trumpeter Developing Reputation as 'World Talent'

Nick Galo, a 2010 graduate of Berlin High School, recently joined the the World Peace Orchestra and with his recent success, the talented musician remains focused on lofty goals.

Berlin native Nick Galo. (Credit: Vicky Galo)
Berlin native Nick Galo. (Credit: Vicky Galo)
When he was just 12-years-old, Berlin native Nick Galo found himself on the outside looking in after he was cut from the McGee Middle School jazz band as a sixth-grade student.

For some, the feeling of rejection may have seemed like a sign to try something else. Galo persevered, however, and went on to not only make the band the following year, but earn a reputation as one of the areas top trumpet talents -- a reputation that is carrying him to a new level in his musical career.

The 22-year-old Long Island University senior recently took the spotlight in New York City as a member of the World Peace Orchestra, an invitation and performance that could bring his talent to new heights.

"It was an amazing experience to just be part of it," said Galo. "It was something that I was recommended and had applied for, but months went by and I hadn't heard anything so I figured the chance had passed. When I got the call asking me to be part of the performance, I was shocked."

Galo joined 134 other students from over 50 nations worldwide in mid-September, but the feat alone while amazing was not all. He was selected as lead trumpeter for the performance. Not a bad level of success for a passionate musician from a small Connecticut town.

Success is nothing new for Galo, however. He has played with the Greater Hartford Wind Ensemble at the University of Hartford, earned a as one of the top 2014 graduates in his class for music education and has also played in major New York City venues including Carnegie Hall.

But success hasn't come easy.

A near lifelong Berlin resident, Galo has shown a dedication and passion since a young age, according to his mother Vicky Galo.

Vicky Galo said her son was down after missing the chance to play with the jazz band, but it only drove him to perfect his art. He would practice until all hours of the night if allowed to, she said.

"There were times he'd pick up the instrument and play for hours. I'd need to go in and tell him, 'OK, it's 11:30 p.m., time to take a break'," she said. "He'd say 'mom, 15 more minutes please? I need to practice."

And Nick Galo is hoping that years of practice will help pay off. He has aspirations to one day play with some of the nation's top orchestra's including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In the end, however, he said he just wants to be able to share his passion with others, either as an educator or a musician.

"(Music) something I've always loved and it is what pushes me to continue every day," he said.

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Kimberly Jensen October 09, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Great Job Nick! So proud of you. Kim Jensen Zach's mom.

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