ELIDA — Elida High School senior Thomas Williamson, 18, has a passion for music that he hopes will result in a teaching career.
Williamson is class president and vice president of Elida student council.
He’s also a member of the swim team, but it’s his love for music that gets him excited.
“My main passion right now in life, I guess, is music and pursuing, learning and teaching other people because I’ve always enjoyed learning music,” Williamson said.
Williamson plays bass guitar, regular guitar, bass clarinet, trumpet, piano and alto saxophone.
He was inspired by his parents. His father taught him piano from a young age, and his mom is a singer.
He was also a member of Minor Blues, a group of area students that was billed as “Greater Allen County’s Premiere Youth Blues/Rock Band.”
“I did it from my freshman year all the way up to the beginning of this year. I sadly couldn’t continue it this year just because of how much stuff is hectic this year, and I didn’t have time to fit it into my schedule, with everything changing around because of the coronavirus. I played guitar in that band for about three years, and it was a lot of fun,” Williamson said.
His desire to get others excited about music is something that drives him.
“I just always wanted to be a teacher or at least instill that passion and drive into someone else — the spark, that creativity and just see someone grow musically,” he said.
He’s also used digital technology to produce his own music.
“I do that in my free time. During the summer and in quarantine, I was recording my own stuff and trying to make a couple of songs,” he said.
Williamson wants to pursue music education, and he’s considering going to Bowling Green State University, Defiance College or Ohio Northern University.
“I’m thinking about teaching high school to just get experience and feel comfortable, and from then on I either decide to either stay a high school teacher or go back to school and get a Ph.D. in music theory and become a professor at a college,” Williamson said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.