Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: A look at the players behind the instruments

A look at who is behind the instruments in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra (WLFI).
A look at who is behind the instruments in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra (WLFI).

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Layette Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its opening night Saturday. The show includes musical numbers about trials, triumphs and forbidden love. News 18 takes a look at who is behind the instruments and how trials and triumphs brought them to music.

“[Music has] been a major part of my life,” said clarinet player Randy Salman. “Since I was 9 or 10 years old.”

Players in the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra range in age, but they all have in thing in common — their love for music.

“I started playing the flute when I was 10,” LSO member Mackenzie Greer said. “My mom had a flute laying around.”

The orchestra puts its all into making sure every note, tune and pitch is just right.

“We don’t work together as a group that often, maybe only once a month,” LSO conductor Nick Palmer said.

It gives the ensemble only a few chances to rehearse before opening night.

“I mean it’s a great outlet,” said Salman. “Particularly, if you’re down a little bit.”

Salman said he found his passion for music when he was in the fourth grade.

“My folks didn’t listen to music much,” said Salman. “And I think I just got pulled into the band initially and really enjoyed the camaraderie.”

Salman said music has been a constant in his life. It’s something he turns to when life’s tempo goes up and down.

“There were a lot of times that, that was the thing that kind of kept me motivated in school and in life,” said Salman.

Each player’s story is different and so is each player’s home.

“We have several players from other countries. We have several players from other cities,” said Palmer. “They’re from all over.”

But the music they put together is magic.

“It’s not just what’s on the page,” said Palmer. “It’s how we put it together as a group.”

“The challenges and the constant opportunity to perform really makes it a little more a part of your life rather than just something you do,” said Salman.

Opening night is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, 111 N. Sixth St., in Lafayette.