GRADUATION SPOTLIGHT: Crestview student balances music, sports, faith


Evan Stegner anticipates pursuing an engineering degree at Auburn University while continuing to make music.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 02:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Evan Stegner, recipient of an Auburn University presidential scholarship and a True Blue scholarship for Auburn alumni's children, says he looks forward to studying engineering this fall.

"I'd like to work for a car company," the Crestview High School senior said. "I'd love to work developing engines. I love gears and transmissions. Moving parts are fascinating to me."

As he transitions from high school to college, the Crestview High band member said his passion for music will carry on.

Knowledgeable musician

Stegner said he seeks inspiration from jazz giants.

"Any of the old jazz players — Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, any of those guys — I look up to them," he said. "Jim Hall is probably my biggest influence."

Such familiarity with influential musicians' work impresses his band director, Jody Dunn.

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