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Dr. Scott Rimm-Hewitt and David Castro

Junior David Castro Gets A Taste of Playing Music Professionally

Valhalla High School junior David Castro had the rare opportunity to play with the semi-professional Westchester Community Band over the summer. “This showed me what it would be like if I played music professionally,” he said. “It was very cool to play alongside everybody. I got to see different views and styles – what they hear and how they perceive their music.”

Over the summer, Valhalla High School’s standout tuba player David Castro reveled in the opportunity to play several concerts with the Westchester Community Band.

David, a junior, participated in a concert series on Thursday evenings at Chase Park in Scarsdale. The band was composed of semi-professional musicians and featured some high-caliber amateurs.

“This showed me what it would be like if I played music professionally,” he said. “It was very cool to play alongside everybody. I got to see different views and styles – what they hear and how they perceive their music. It opened my eyes to the fact that there is much more music outside of high school band.”

David began playing the tuba in sixth grade at the recommendation of his then-teacher Scott Rimm-Hewitt, Valhalla Middle School’s Director of Bands. David initially played the trumpet, but was told that the larger instrument might suit him better.

After studying the tuba in school for five years, David was thrilled to have the chance to play with first-rate musicians. He had long admired the Westchester Community Band and wanted to perform with its members.

“It was a great opportunity for him as he’s excelling in music at Valhalla,” said Dr. Rimm-Hewitt. “It was a happy moment for David. He got a taste for what’s ahead, and that’s great.”

During one of the shows, the tuba section was featured and Dr. Rimm-Hewitt joined the group. David was not only delighted to play alongside his teacher, but also was happy that the tubas were being highlighted alone. It is not often that the tuba section has an opportunity to be featured unaccompanied. The instruments’ low sounds sound “so beautiful together,” he said.

“In playing with the Westchester Community Band, I showed myself that I can push myself and build up my musicality,” he said. “I enjoy constantly developing my talents.”


Pictured: David Castro (third from left) stands with teacher Dr. Scott Rimm-Hewitt (second from left) during a performance with the Westchester Community Band.