Wheeling Park Students, Brothers Vance and Luke Mazure To Keep The Music Playing

Photo by Joselyn King Brothers Luke Mazure, left, and Vance Mazure take time out from music practice to discuss their futures in music.

Brothers Vance and Luke Mazure are in harmony when it comes to a love for music, and pursuing a melodious future through song.

Both brothers excel musically and academically, as students at Wheeling Park High School, with mother Brigitte Mazure keeping them in step and leading the family’s band.

Vance focuses on singing and playing guitar, and is a graduating senior who plans to attend Belmont University in Nashville and major in commercial music.

Luke, meanwhile, plays a variety of instruments. He is a current junior and upcoming senior who has plans to pursue a career in music education.

They said their father Mike Mazure — a local working musician and general sales manager at Wheeling Volkswagen and Subaru — ingratiated in them a passion for music from an early age.

“He would make us listen to different kinds of music than we wanted to listen to,” Luke said. “Looking back, it was such a critical part of where we are now.”

Vance acknowledged he and Luke didn’t always have the appreciation for other music genres until they were older.

“But I just always was interested in it,” Vance said of music. “From as far back as I remember, I have wanted to play the guitar. And my dad was like, ‘You’ve got to learn to play the piano first, and get that musical foundation.

“It was kind of hobby until the end of my eighth grade year. It was then I realized if I got serious I might be able to do this. It was like, I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

Luke plays saxophone and clarinet, as well as flute, tuba, oboe, electric and orchestral base, piano, euphonium (a mini tuba), trombone and French horn. He is working on learning to play the trumpet.

Luke traces his interest in pursuing a career in music education to eighth grade, when he almost quit the marching band.

“I’ve had good music teachers over time who have just inspired me,” he said. “It all started when I was leaving eighth grade, and I was intending to leave band. My band director (Jason Birch) changed my perspective on what I could do, and what I could make happen.

“I just figured I want to do for others what he did for me.”

Vance served as field commander for the WPHS band his senior year, and Luke hopes to take over that position beginning in the fall.

Both brothers have been members of the high school’s jazz band, marching band, concert band, string orchestra, percussion ensemble, the Young Patriots choir and the chamber choir. Both also have received state honors recognition for their efforts.

Both also were members this year of the WPHS state championship speech and debate team, and participated in the Park Players this year.

Vance is looking forward to the future after graduating and moving on to college in Nashville.

“Belmont University has a good presence in the music industry,” Vance said. “It’s really cool.

“The program I will be in is called commercial music. That means I will be able to work on any kind of music I want other than classical music — blues, rock, jazz, R&B, and pop. I’m not particularly interested in country, but it does obviously have a big presence in Nashville.”

Vance said he will miss the people at WPHS.

“I’ve fostered great relationships with teachers here, and being a part of all the groups I’ve been in I’ve made a lot of friendships,” he said. “I 100 percent want to carry on with these while I’m away.

“Wheeling Park High School was a great environment, but I don’t think I will miss it. I’m ready to move on.”

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