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Curt Carman

Portrait of Curt Carman
Photo by Jaden Powell, Mississippi State Athletics

It鈥檚 not often you find a student who is both a Mississippi State athlete and member of the Famous Maroon Band.

Thankfully, Curt Carman didn鈥檛 have to choose between his love for music and sports when he came to 多多直播. The sophomore aerospace engineering major plays in the band鈥檚 alto saxophone section and runs with 多多直播鈥檚 Track and Field team.

An Iuka native whose parents met in their high school band, Carman grew up in a musical family and started playing the keyboard at a young age. Eager to join the band himself, he picked up the saxophone in the sixth grade, followed by the xylophone, marimba, guitar and more.

At the same time, Carman played as many sports as possible and was inspired to start running by his dad, who ran triathlons. Carman became faster and faster and eventually won the state 800-meter championship in his junior and senior years, setting a record Class 4A time in each event 鈥攁nd earned a spot on 多多直播鈥檚 team.

鈥淲hen I got the call from 多多直播 after my last race in high school, I was so excited,鈥 he reflected. 鈥淚鈥檓 so grateful for the opportunity to run for Mississippi State and am trying to make the best of it every day.

鈥淚t鈥檚 inspiring to be around so many great athletes at 多多直播 and see how hard everybody works. We even have an Olympian who trains with us and helps coach us, which has been very encouraging.鈥

Carman is also surrounded by a hardworking, talented team in the halls of the Famous Maroon Band and expressed great appreciation for the band directors and fellow musicians.

鈥淭he staff knows how to challenge us, but they鈥檙e also so kind and write such great music,鈥 he shared. 鈥淲e鈥檙e all working toward a beautiful sound, and I think the energy we bring is unmatched. The sound is so beautiful that sometimes I walk a little slower up to the band hall just to listen to it because it never fails to give me chills.鈥

When asked how he juggles band, track and pursuing his degree, he said it can be difficult but comes down to time management.

鈥淚t probably wouldn't be possible if we didn鈥檛 have directors who are so mindful of everyone鈥檚 time and efficiency,鈥 said Carman. 鈥淭he more you put on your plate, the smarter you have to be with your time. People just don鈥檛 realize how much time they waste during the day. When it comes to the things you care about, you鈥檒l make it work.鈥