Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 2:00 pm | Updated: 1:45 pm, Tue May 11, 2010.
By CHELSEA KROTZER staff writer
ELLENSBURG—Isaac Castillo’s fingers meticulously traveled up and down the neck of his bass cello, feeling the beat and feeding off the melody he created with the rest of Jazz Combo Mega.
Each movement had a purpose. It was, after all, one of Castillo’s final concerts as a student at Central Washington University.
“This combo program with this small group has been really coming along since I got here,” Castillo said Friday night after performing. “It’s really nice to be involved.”
Combo Mega played Friday night in the Music Building Recital Hall, proceeded by Combo T and Combo K, to a modest crowd of fellow students, instructors and fans.
“The concert came up a lot faster than usual,” Castillo said. “There was not as much prep time, but luckily I was playing with some really great horn players.”
Castillo, a fifth-year senior, said he has been playing with the musicians for so long that, in the end, if one person makes a mistake, the audience might not notice.”If something has gone wrong, which things did, everything comes together and it all sounds OK and hopefully we don’t make it too obvious,” Castillo said.
Castillo’s senior recital was Sunday. His plans for the future are to move back to his hometown of Muckilteo and hopefully start teaching music.
“I coached the two combos that played earlier … it’s been really nice for me to get the teaching experience, along with obviously a lot of playing experience.”
He also hopes to land a few gigs in the Seattle area, playing classical or jazz music.
One day he plans to go back to school and get a master’s degree in music.
“Getting a chance to keep playing for a little while is the idea,” Castillo said.