Country Star Frank Ortega Visits Trevor Browne
Posted by Community Relations Department at 8/16/2013
Country recording artist and Trevor Browne alumnus Frank Ortega came back to his old school to visit with choir and orchestra students, August 9. He was in town performing a fundraising concert to benefit the 100 Club's efforts to provide support for the 19 Prescott Firefighters. Ortega, who graduated in 1984, now lives in Nashville, but his family and his heart still reside at 75th Avenue and Indian School.
“I ran these streets before you were born,” Ortega told the students. I carry around an old license, with my old address to remind me where I’m from.”
Ortega was in choir, band, orchestra, and began his musical journey by playing trumpet with a couple friends. The friends quit, but Ortega’s father would not let him quit during the school year. By the end of the year, he had fallen in love with music. He taught himself to play piano, guitar and began writing songs.
“Music was a huge outlet for me. It was tough to be a guy in choir, but you know, drama classes create movie stars and most signers began in the choir.”
Now, there are 150 students in Browne’s choirs, including 50 boys, according to Choir Director Nick Halonen, who had Ortega talk and perform to his 19 advanced choir group, called “Soundwaves.”
“Today was a brilliant day for Trevor Browne. One of our distinguished alumni offered priceless motivation for some of our Trevor Browne students today,” Halonen said. “He talked about how he has an emotional connection with my students knowing that they each have the same origins as him. He told them that life is not about fame or notoriety; it is simply about what you do with your life. You do not need to be famous to make a powerful and amazing impact on our world.”
Ortega, who has a song called “Two Places at Once,” that is climbing the Billboard Magazine chart, performed a couple songs for the students and posed for pictures.