A FINE DAY FOR WILLY – August 28, 2016 – Zion Lutheran Church, Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton has a way of raising amazingly talented young people. They grow up here, nurtured by a caring community. A junior at Hamilton High School, trombonist Willy Philhower is the latest in a path already blazed by such notables as world-renowned pianist Bryan Wallick, and operatic soprano Olivia Yokers, among others. Organizations which played a role in the identification and the award are The Hamilton Community Foundation, The Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Zion Lutheran Church.
Willy plays every Sunday at Zion Lutheran and it was there that the surprise of a new trombone was awarded to this talented young man. Dr. Jaime Morales-Matos of Miami University and conductor of the Central Ohio Symphony, played a valuable roll in the selection of Willy and also in making the fine instrument available. The Hamilton Community Foundation provided the needed funding and the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony acted as the central catalyst.
Willy’s work ethic and practice habits are unsurpassed. He has been studying privately (usually at no cost) with Matthew White, a distinguished trombonist in Cincinnati. Mr. White makes the weekly drive to Hamilton to instruct Willy and also several other students.
Undoubtedly, Willy Philhower loves his new trombone. A three year member of the Hamilton High Band and the Great Miami Youth Symphony, he has been accepted as a member of the prestigious Cincinnati Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra.
Willy resides in Hamilton with his family.

Submitted by Jack Armstrong