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On the Beat: From classics to classic rock, young violinist does it all

Steinbech’s next gig is Saturday in Racine



Sean Steinbach, 16, first picked up the violin at 4 years old, and by middle school was one of the founding members of the Young Strings, a trio that plays modern genres of music on classical instruments.

You can catch the Young Strings perfoming next from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday (Feb. 18) at Piggly Wiggly, 5201 Washington Ave., Racine.

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Talent/instruments: violin, piano, guitar, saxophone

When did you begin performing?

“They had a sign-up in second grade. I really wanted to play an instrument. I picked the violin. I was attracted to it. It was the sound of it. I thought it was very beautiful. For the saxophone, it was fifth grade when we could join the band. So, I joined the band and played the saxophone.”

How would you classify the music you play?

“We do modern music like ‘Clocks’ from Coldplay, and ‘21 Guns’ from Green Day. We also do Celtic music, which is pretty cool. We also do classic rock music such as ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns N’ Roses, ‘Kashmir’ by Led Zeppelin and ‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne.”

Do you write your own music/lyrics? What inspires your music?

“I have. I take a music theory class, and we had to make compositions. For me, I just picture notes in my head and the melody I want to hear — I just write it down.”

What is your most notable childhood musical memory?

“Baby Einstein. It was on the television and played classical music, like Mozart and Bach, and went through pictures. It kind of stuck with me. I was like 2.”

Did you have a musical role model/hero? Who influenced you the most?

“My musical role model would be my teacher from elementary school who taught me everything I know. That would be Angela Janota. She always pushed me to do my best there. She spent extra time with me while I was there; she still does.”

What is your favorite piece to perform?

“I really like the classic rock songs. Right now it would be ‘Crazy Train’ by Ozzy Osbourne. I don’t know how to describe it. It makes me feel very special inside that I’m one of the few who can play an instrument.”

What makes your performances unique?

“We interact a lot with each other. We have really close friendships with each other. We play around sometimes — Matt, the other violinist, and I. The cellist stands up and walks around. It’s fun.

What has playing with the Young Strings for so long taught you?

“To play for the money, definitely. Also, not to get nervous when lots of people are around. I still get nervous when big crowds are there, but I get less nervous.”

What does it feel like to be on stage?

“Your heart is kind of beating a lot because of nerves and butterflies in your stomach. When it comes down to it, the lights are shining on you, so you don’t see the crowd. It’s the adrenaline that comes out from playing.”

What kind of audience do you prefer to play for?

“I like the older audience because they understand what music we’re playing. Like the classic rock they would know, but younger kids don’t.”

Has playing with the Young Strings influenced what you would like to do after high school?

“Yeah, I was thinking of teaching music; going into a little bit of a music career.”

Is there anything you’d like to add?

“I’d like to thank my dad (Mike) for all he’s done for me and the group. He’s taking it to a whole new level with the electrics and all the systems that we have. He’s being a roadie, basically.”


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