Reaching for music/stars: Wyatt Boggs

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A young man who seems to be looking at the world with his vision set on positive has a lengthy agenda of things he wants to accomplish in the next few months.

Wyatt Boggs, 18, and not shy, is in the process of putting together a film about Alzheimer’s disease. He is a musician and a composer, and one thing on his list is getting into Julliard School of Performing Arts in New York City.

When he’s not thinking about making a film or music, he’s good at describing to people why he has gotten so involved in his efforts. He likes to tell people about his introduction to music and its importance in the world.

Boggs is a senior at Clear Fork High School. He has composed pieces that have been performed by school bands.

He said at one time he thought he might like to be an astronaut, because he is also vastly interested in space and phenomena that can be discovered through that kind of travel.

But that involves math and engineering principles, he said.

Music he does all the time and it “doesn’t feel like work,” he said.

He can be very quick to demonstrate timing of certain songs. Some of the things he has composed will have changes in cadences. He’s happy to tap on a desk top to show you how those things can change, within a song.

He recently won an award from Azusa Pacific University in the wind ensemble category for his composition Ex Luna Scientia.

This piece is based on the Apollo 13 mission.

Boggs is making a film about Alzheimer’s disease, and filming of that will start in September. Then it will have to be edited and he will have to come up with a score. All of these things have to be recorded separately.

A premiere of his film is planned for Oct. 14.

Boggs says certain aspects of making music are important: cadences can build tension, then release tension. Some songs don’t have a place where tension gets released.

Boggs knows a lot about rhythm, because he is a drummer. He also plays acoustic guitar and a Roland keyboard.

Boggs says he has the ability to understand the timbre of each instrument and knows that you can’t “make a piano sound like an oboe.”

When he is composing it is generally work done inside his head. If he has a problem with rhythms he can go to the piano and work on the problem.

In all this, he has no formal training, he said. He describes himself as “self taught.”

He has worked with music teacher Jason Brasure, who teaches at Clear Fork. He met Brasure when he was in the fifth grade. When he was in seventh grade he asked Brasure if a song he was writing, a minute and a half long, could be played by the band. It was performed at the spring concert.

Boggs said he prefers to write in a minor key. People shouldn’t interpret his efforts as sad or angry because they are in a minor key, he said.

Some harmonies can be “dissonant,” he said. He plays some music by Buddy Rich, which has various tones through the piece.

He plans to be in communication with teachers at Julliard so he can get to know people there. He said it may be possible to take a lesson through Skype. To get into Julliard he has to provide two compositions in contrasting styles, each five minutes long.

He is also interested in applying to the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts, plus several others.

To get his project on Alzheimer’s disease going, Boggs visited businesses in the area, seeking donations. He has a link people may consult. It is:

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Wyatt Boggs, in formal performance attire. Submitted photo Boggs, in formal performance attire. Submitted photo