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Bassist lays down a top score

Colonie’s Tristen Jarvis follows a passion for music

Tristen Jarvis was the only student from the South Colonie School District invited to play at the NYSSMA All-State Music Festival in Rochester this past November.

Tristen Jarvis was the only student from the South Colonie School District invited to play at the NYSSMA All-State Music Festival in Rochester this past November. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— With so many musical accomplishments under his belt, Jarvis said he will be applying to music conservatories, including Ithaca College and Purchase College, for double bass performance. He said one of the best things about his time at All-State was making friends with other musicians that were just as passionate as he is, something he hopes to find in college.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was just mindful because I was the only one from my school. Right when I got there people helped me with my stuff,” Jarvis said. “You can just start a conversation about music and they won’t think you’re weird.”

While he plans to pursue his master’s by his grandmother’s wishes, he’s not looking at teaching right now.

“I always worry about him having a tin cup down in NYC trying to make enough money to make scrambled eggs. It’s a risk to be a musician,” she said. “If he finishes his master’s, he has more options.”

Jarvis said he plans to keep climbing to whatever musical step is next. As a lover of all types of music, including orchestral, jazz and rock, he wants to excel in every genre.

“I just want to be a recognized musician. I like the guys that do everything,” he said.

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