Welcome to the Flanagan Falcon Sound Alumni Page! Here we will celebrate members of the Flanagan program who have moved on but will always remain in our hearts. Here is a place to keep up with the Falcon Sound as they build upon the foundation you start!
Our next Alumnus to share his story is Daniel Rosenstrauch. Daniel graduated in 2005. During his years at FHS, he was a 4 year member of the Falcon Sound Trumpet section, Wind Orchestra, and Jazz Bands.
Here is his story…
It’s been ten years since I’ve been a member of the Falcon Sound.
There were most definitely many great moments that I had the fortune to experience with this ensemble during my four years as a member so it’s difficult to narrow down just a few. There was one moment in particular that was profoundly impactful though.
During my sophomore year in 2002 we had an opportunity to be a part of something very unique. The Flanagan High School Music Department had commissioned composer Brian Balmages to create a piece in light of the tragic episode that took place in this nation on the September of just a year earlier. Using the poem of a young girl from New York, that illustrated the events from her perspective, as a foundation, “Sapier’s Story” was developed. That September in 2002, on the one year anniversary, the piece premiered at the school involving the concert bands, string orchestra, and choir. Also, Sapier herself, the girl who wrote the poem, was in attendance. It was an overwhelming example of when art transcends pure entertainment and illusion. That work coming to life was a release for audience members and performers alike that brought about a sense of unity, and I will never forget that.
I would say my favorite show was “The Perfect Storm” during the 2002 marching band season. It was an awesome show with a great concept, fantastic music, and a wonderful group of performers. That show felt like a real turning point for the program. Now, having only been a member for just four years I’m not sure if that’s entirely true, but I can say working on that show was definitely a turning point for me as a performer..
The most influential person during my time at Flanagan was probably former band director John Davis. He was a smart and intelligent educator that did a wonderful job at getting the best out of his students. Also, he did great work in putting together a phenomenal staff of people to continue to build this program around.
Well, since leaving high school I attended the University of South Florida, and studied theatre performance and music performance. After college I stayed in Tampa for a couple of years working as an actor, then moved to Chicago for a couple more years doing much of the same, and recently made my way back down to South Florida. I still love being involved with the marching music activity. In high school I was able to begin my journey through the world of drum and bugle corps starting in 2003 with the Magic of Orlando, and then on with The Cadets in 2004. After completing my fifth year with The Cadets in 2009 I finally aged out and was ineligible to continue marching, though I still work teaching high school programs. In Tampa, I was instructor at Newsome High School for six seasons, and currently I am working with the program at Coral Springs High School. Also, I have recently been working towards achieving my sommelier certification, and I just hope to continue being able to build my career as an artist.
I guess the one message I have for current students is don’t lose sight of fun. Even when life gets overwhelmingly difficult, know that there is always something in there to be happy about. It’s all about how you choose to look at your circumstances. Enjoy the relationships you create with people as a Falcon Sound member, and know this ensemble you’re a part of will always have your back.
Would you like to share your stories with other alumni? Do you want to know what old classmates are up to? Fill out the attached form by clicking here, send an current photo (,jpg format preferred) and an old performance pic to Mr. Broadbent by clicking here
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