Adams State sax player appreciative of music program

(03-23-2009)

The music from a saxophone is versatile, everything from classical to raspy jazz notes can be played, said Daniel Kenealy, which, he said, is why the sax is his instrument of choice. Kenealy, a sophomore music education major at Adams State College, uses his talents in voice and instrument. He is a member of the Chamber and Concert Choirs, band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble.

"You can get a nice classical sound from a sax or play jazz licks that are grating to the ear," Kenealy said. He has been playing and singing since the fifth grade.

James Doyle, director of the jazz ensemble, said Kenealy is an example of the ideal music major. "He is a strong singer, a strong saxophonist, a great student, but more importantly, a great person. This is Dan's first year in the jazz ensemble and he has taken to improvisation like he has been studying Adderley, Coltrane, Parker, and Rollins his whole life. You can count on Dan to be there, ready to play, regardless of the musical setting."

From Colorado Springs, Kenealy said he appreciates the Adams State music professors out-going personalities and open-door policies. "The education here is personal and all the professors are accessible. Dr. Tracy Doyle (assistant professor of music/music education professor) personally relates to the students almost as though we are her own children. She really takes the time to meet with individuals one-on-one."

He said his other professors are also very personable. "I like walking into Dr. Schildt’s office and discussing popular music, analyzing specific pieces, or talking about new trends in music."

Kenealy is taking 23.5 credit hours this semester and works six hours/week in the music lab, he said outside of class he practices his sax about an hour a day and vocals half that. Plus he maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

After graduation, Kenealy said he wants to teach a few years to "gain experience," and then return to school and eventually receive a doctorate in music.

To continue to attract quality students, such as Kenealy, the Adams State College Music Department is hosting "A Noteworthy Evening" at April 5 in the Luther Bean Museum to raise money for Music Endowment Scholarships. For information call 719-587-7621.

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By Linda Relyea