Kai Faucher, 6 ft 6 and 280 kilos, is pulling off the rarest of doubles. On Friday nights, he’s a standout offensive and defensive lineman for Studio Metropolis Harvard-Westlake Excessive. Three or 4 occasions a yr, he’s additionally enjoying the baritone saxophone in school concert events.
“Kai stands out in any crowd,” mentioned Terry Barnum, head of athletics at Harvard-Westlake. “He looks like the other students, just three times bigger. We order an extra big chair for him.”
Dedicated to Brown for soccer, Faucher has made jazz a part of his life since his seventh-grade band trainer advised he change from symphony to jazz as a result of “you’re too good.”
“It was more improvisational nature than classical music, so I got into it playing various acts,” he mentioned. “I fell in love with music.”
As a lot as 5 hours every week, he’ll follow his music at dwelling in preparation for concert events, the place he joins 19 different band members because the solo saxophone participant. He’s prepping for a December live performance. The self-discipline discovered from soccer helps with music, reminiscent of staying targeted in preserving good time when he’s about to enter along with his saxophone.
Harvard-Westlake’s teachers are difficult sufficient for college kids, however coaches aren’t afraid to encourage creating extra pursuits, reminiscent of appearing, robotics, music, singing and dancing.
“I think a lot of times football players are depicted as kids who aren’t creative,” Faucher mentioned. “It’s old stereotypes. Now it’s good that athletes aren’t just showcasing their athletic abilities but also their creative and artistic minds.”
Mentioned coach Aaron Huerta: “I tell the kids I want them to do other things. It’s great for them, but it means there’s more responsibilities and it’s going to be harder.”
Faucher enjoys the possibility to be an influencer in two fully totally different endeavors.
“I hope I have a presence and my own feel and personality when I play and paint my own picture as a player and as a soloist,” he mentioned.
In soccer, he has helped the Wolverines (5-3) transfer to inside one win of clinching a Southern Part playoff berth.
“He’s our offensive and defensive leader,” Huerta mentioned. “He gets our guys going every day. He works with our young guys. The biggest thing is his demand for effort from other guys. He’s another coach. We’ve won five of the last six games and we’re going to throw the ball more than run because of him.”
Faucher had an fascinating expertise as school recruiters tried to impress him.
“Not too many recruiters know much about jazz but the ones who do I actually had great conversations with,” he mentioned. “The UC Davis coach, we sang jazz back and forth.”
Irrespective of what number of pancake blocks Faucher will get in soccer, that atmosphere of enjoying the saxophone is one thing he intends to savor.
“Jazz will be part of my life long after football,” he mentioned.