A couple weeks ago, the rich brassy sound of a
trumpet echoed down the quarter mile, Without
intention, several stopped what they were doing and
gazed towards the musician underneath the Sentinel.
To Oliver Haynes, a second year Computer Science
major, music is an art form meant to be shared with
others. Standing underneath the Sentinel that day, he
undoubtedly reached others through his music.
Haynes has exceptional experience and talent in the
realm of classical and jazz performance. Starting in
seventh grade, he took trumpet lessons at Hochstein
School of Music & Dance and the Eastman School of
Music. Yet it was only four years ago that jazz truly took
hold of him.
Haynes’ interest in technology led him to RIT.
“Although I want music to be the centerpiece of my
life, I have some other projects I’d like to work on,”
he said. By combining his knowledge in technology
and computer science with his love for music, Haynes
hopes to someday innovate the “music hall of the
21st century.” This would revolutionize how people
experience music in a live venue by adjusting how
sound is delivered and using visual stimuli to enhance
the overall performance.
Haynes is currently collaborating with three other
musicians from around the Rochester area: two pianists
from the University of Rochester and a drummer from
Nazareth College. They form two separate jazz trios,
each emphasizing different styles and time periods of
jazz. He is also a proud member of the RIT Orchestra.
When asked what comes to mind when he thinks of
music and what it means to him, he presented the word
“thoughtful.” “There are so many different emotions one
can experience through music,” he said. “And they’re all
reflected upon through our thought.”