Third-year Jersey Surf brass section member Michael Halcovage has been selected to lead the 2016 Jersey Surf brass section in the role of Horn Sergeant. The Pottsville, PA-native is currently attending Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA where he is studying music education and music with concentrations in saxophone studies and jazz studies.
“Although I did not start playing brass instruments until my first year of college, joining the Jersey Surf has taught me that the only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself; if you work hard you can achieve anything to which you set your mind,” said Halcovage.
“The past two summers have been not only a tremendous musical and personal growth experience for me, but also an amazing and unique opportunity to share my love of performance with audiences all over the country. I know my third year with this organization will be even more fruitful. We’re coming out of an incredible 2015 season and I cannot wait to jump back in and get to work for the 2016 DCI Tour. Surf’s Up!”
“Michael has demonstrated tremendous leadership skills in his role as the mellophone section leader,” says Mark Figueroa, director of the Jersey Surf brass education program. “His drive and work ethic were evident year-round, both in his own section, and the way it inspired the entire horn line. I am both confident and excited for him to serve in the role of Horn Sergeant for the 2016 season. His confidence, passionate and aggressive approach to performance, and positive energy will set the stage for a tremendous 2016 season for the brass section, and the entire Jersey Surf organization.”
In his new role, Mike will represent the brass section with the student-leadership of the corps and will also serve as a liaison with the instructional and administrative staff members, assisting with a number of additional administrative responsibilities in addition to those of a typical marching member.