Mason High School senior Thomas Probel spends a lot of time making music.
Along with playing in his school’s wind symphony, marching band, pit orchestra, pep band and symphony orchestra, Thomas is in his second year playing with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.
“Performing is a part of my life which I can never let go,” Probel says.
Yet he also makes time to volunteer through his Heritage Presbyterian Church, the Flying Pig Marathon, Matthew 25 Ministries, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network.
When he goes off to college to study engineering, Probel says he will still look for opportunities to play his clarinet.
How did you get involved in playing instruments?
My father used to play clarinet and saxophone when he was in high school. My parents encouraged my siblings and me to become involved in music. I used to play my dad’s clarinet around the house and then eventually took piano lessons. In sixth grade I chose to play clarinet with the school band. I also saw how much fun my older brother Matthew had with marching and concert bands.
What has been your most exciting moment so far that involved playing music?
My entire senior has been exciting for me. I have been given so many opportunities I’ve taken advantage of, like having a solo in my marching band show that placed in the Top 10 in the Grand National Finals. All of the honor ensembles that I have been a part of this year were also rewarding, from principal clarinet in All-State Orchestra to being a part of the Honor Band of America.