Oak Lawn teen considered top brass
BY CHERYL DANGEL BARTOLINI Correspondent October 4, 2013 2:04PM
Roxanne Segina, of Oak Lawn, is a two-time recipient of the Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Award. | Supplied photo by Bob McParland
Updated: November 8, 2013 6:09AM
When Roxanne Segina first laid eyes on a trombone in fifth grade, she thought it looked funny and sounded cool.
“It was very appealing to me and I thought it would be fun to play,” she said. “I picked it up and found I had a natural talent for it.”
Segina, 17, is proof positive that one’s life direction can change in an instant. When she picked up that strange-looking trombone, she didn’t know what was to come.
That was then. Today, Segina, a senior at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, is a key member of the school’s marching, jazz combo and jazz bands.
“I like being a brass player and being the base of the band,” she said.
At the 2013 Herscher Swing and Sing Music Festival, she was named outstanding soloist in the trombone category. She also performed there as a member of Richards’ jazz ensemble, and the group was named grand champion.
“I really like jazz band because it is a unique way of expressing myself and I can share it with audiences who appreciate that form of music. If they don’t appreciate it, I can help them learn about it. It is so rewarding to see the appreciation in people’s faces,” she said.
Richards is forming a brass quintet, which will include one trombone, one tuba, one French horn and two trumpet players. Segina is looking forward to filling the spot of the trombone player.
“We will probably play classic types of music and selections performed at concerts. The group will definitely add to our music program. It is a cool touch to the music department because it is a totally different approach,” Segina said.
Segina is also a two-time recipient of the Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Award. She was given the award in 2012 and 2013 based on essays she wrote detailing her motivation and dedication to furthering her musical and performance abilities. Each scholarship gave her 30 free music lessons.
In 2012, Segina was a member of the Illinois Music Educators Association District 1 Jazz Ensemble, Band 2. It was an honor she wants to pursue once more when auditions come up again this year.
Segina, who has earned Honors with Distinction, the highest academic honor a student can receive at her high school, is hoping to be inducted into the National Honor Society soon. She also is a member of the speech team and of the drama department.
She has won many awards in speech competitions, and this fall will be performing multiple roles in the fall play, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.”
“It’s a comedic take of all of Shakespeare’s dramas, comedies and histories,” said Segina, the daughter of Robbie and Louis Segina, of Oak Lawn.
The play will be performed Oct. 9 to 12 at Richards, 10601 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn.
Mentoring her along the way are her two aunts, Maria and Christine Segina, both of Chicago.
“I definitely look up to my two aunts. They give me advice and help me out whenever I need it,” she said.
She also counts on her younger brother, Louis Segina Jr., a sophomore at Richards.
“I go to him a lot if I want to tell him something cool that is going on. He’s my go-to person,” she said.
As for her future, Segina is undecided.
“I do know that I definitely want to be involved in music in college and go to a school with a nice music program,” she said. “That’s a must. I’m not sure if I’ll have music as my profession. Maybe I’ll do it on the side.”
In the meantime, she stays focused by striving for good grades.
“I keep my focus despite my very hectic schedule by focusing on my academic goals,” she said. “That gets me through any stress or anxiety I have about my future.
“I feel like my peers definitely motivate me and help me keep a level head throughout my school or extracurricular endeavors. If I’m having a rough day, they can brighten my spirits or point me in the right direction and give advice or motivation in times of need.”