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Drew West, bassoon(back to musicians page)

Favorite Quote:
"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music." - Gustav Mahler

Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Yoko Kanno

Favorite composer(s) to perform?
Samuel Barber and Igor Stravinsky

Random Fact:
When I was five months old, I was held by the prince of Liechtenstein (July, 1980).

If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?
In downtown Brevard, NC; at Rocky's Grill and Soda Shop, enjoying a couple of hotdogs with a peanut butter cup milkshake.

Drew West, is the newly appointed Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon at the UCF Department of Music. He plans to receive his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon performance from Texas Tech University this December. Mr. West has earned degrees from Stetson University (BM) and Texas Tech University (MM). He has previously studied bassoon with Richard Meek, William Ludwig, Jeff Keesecker, Ashley Heintzen and Douglas Kehlenbrink.
Mr. West was for six years Assistant Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoonist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.  He has also performed with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Roswell Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo and Big Spring Symphony Orchestras. Here in Florida he has performed with the Rhapsody Wind Quintet, Orlando Opera, Mount Dora Festival Orchestra, Daytona Solisti and the Southern Winds Wind Symphony. In 2001 he was the national winner of the MTNA performance competition in Washington D.C., where he competed in the category of collegiate woodwind soloist.

Mr. West and faculty oboist Jamie Strefeler also host an annual Double Reed Day for middle and high school students, which features a recital, masterclasses, reed-making sessions and a double-reed ensemble.