Versatile and talented are traits of LeBlanc

(04-16-2010)

Vihuela in hand, dressed in silver studded charros complete with a wide brim head fits Marcos LeBlanc as neatly as a suit and tie, playing the bass trombone while sitting in with the Adams State College orchestra.

As versatile as you can find, LeBlanc, Adams State senior music education and Spanish major and Del Norte native, plays tuba in the concert band and wind ensemble, bass trombone for jazz band, electric bass for the steel drum band, sings in the concert and chamber choir plus performs in the Mariachi band.

Nick Branchal, Adams State mariachi instructor calls LeBlanc a "fantastic" student, who is always in a good mood and always strives to do his best. "Marcos is a team player as well as a leader. He's a dependable and responsible individual who is always willing to give one hundred and ten percent and always willing to share his knowledge with others. He has won my admiration and respect, and I think he would be a wonderful music educator."

In response to a question about his favorite music, LeBlanc says, "yes." He grew up listening to everything and believes all can be used for "inspiration." Spanish was a language he grew up with, his dad and great grandmother, who lived with them, both spoke Spanish. "I have always been interested in studying the Spanish language."

Another passion of LeBlanc is his Catholic religion. "My ideal job would be the music director of a church with a school affiliation where I could teach music and run music liturgy." Currently, LeBlanc is the co-director of music at parishes in Center, Del Norte, Alamosa and Newman Club on campus.

Dr. James VanValkenburg, Adams State director of bands, said LeBlanc is a strong student and versatile musician and Dr. Beth Wagstrom, Adams State choir director, said. "Marcos is a delight to work with. He is an excellent musician, both as an instrumentalist and a singer, and his low bass voice adds a lot to our choirs."

As a "kid," LeBlanc said he would come home after church and "pick-out melodies" on his toy piano. "By the age of ten, my parents started me in lessons." He is taking 17 credit hours and plays in seven ensembles and generally practices seven to eight hours a week.

"Playing music gives me a feeling I haven't found a match for anywhere else. It is amazing when it all is jelling during a performance."

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By Linda Relyea