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Examiner
  • Blue Springs South student playing at world-famous concert venue

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  • Louis Armstrong. Yo-Yo Ma.
    And now David Silberberg of Lee's Summit.
    Famous musicians have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. And Silberberg, a Blue Springs South High School junior, will be playing his French horn at the famed hall next month as a member of the Honors Band, an elite group of high school-aged musicians from around the world.
    The journey from Eastern Jackson County to Manhattan began with a teacher's recommendation.
    "My director, Mr. Ken Hansen (Blue Springs South High School band director), nominated me back in September," recalls 16-year-old Silberberg. "I received a packet and had to submit an audition tape that was reviewed by a panel."
    Silberberg created a recording of an etude, a difficult musical composition, for submission. Just a month later, on Halloween, he received word from the panel that he was selected to perform at the 2014 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. He was chosen out of nearly 10,000 international students who auditioned.
    "It's beyond words," said Silberberg. "It's so amazing and incredible to know that I will be performing there."
    Silberberg has only played the French horn for six years.
    "I've been playing since the sixth grade," he said. "I just like the sound of it (French horn) and thought, 'ah, that instrument looks pretty interesting.’"
    As the middle school years passed, David joined the advanced band at Delta Woods Middle School and later became a member of Jaguar Pride, Blue Springs South High School's marching band, and its coveted Wind Symphony that consists of the school's elite musicians.
    Besides the summer band camp sessions, marching band season in the fall, and private music lessons once a week, David's mother, Michelle Dellinger, said her son just practices a half hour to an hour every day.
    "I probably average about five or six hours a week," Silberberg said.
    Asked on how he acquired his musical talent, he simply said that you have to love what you do.
    "Music is all about feeling, and if you don't have the passion, you won't be able to succeed in the field."
    Silberberg said persistence is another key factor in his success and that you must be disciplined enough to practice each and every day. He prefers to play either orchestral or symphonic types of music.
    "David's enthusiasm for the horn and music are truly inspirational," said another teacher of his, Natalie Higgins. "It is enlightening to meet and have a student who not only loves music, but loves to share music."
    But does David come from a line of musicians or from a family who is at least musically inclined?
    Page 2 of 2 - "I'm kind of tone deaf," laughs his mother. "Me, his dad nor his siblings play an instrument."
    She also said David definitely has an ear for music.
    Both his parents, Michelle and Dennis Dellinger, along with his teachers said they are very proud of his accomplishment. His family is about to embark on a five-day trip to the Big Apple to watch him perform with other students from across the globe on Feb. 9.
    Should we expect to see David Silberberg become a world-class musician in the future? Not exactly, he said. The French horn player also wants to pursue another passion of his, computer science, after high school. Nevertheless, he says he will continue to play music as well.
    There's an old joke that asks, "how do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The punchline is "practice," but now David can genuinely laugh and say he's already been there... to perform.

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