Alumnus Triston Coomes graduated in 2014 and went to the University of North Texas. While in high school Coomes played baseball and participated in the art classes and competitions.
What have you done after high school?
“After graduation, I quit my job at chipotle and began to learn how to play the guitar,” Coomes said. “I started school at the University of North Texas as a kinesiology major and worked at local bars. Then, in 2016 I was offered the job of tour manager by a hot band called Flatland Cavalry. Upon the close of that opportunity, I returned to UNT to attend music school and to continue building my music brand. Now I have a band and tour Texas.”
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“Music kind of found me,” Coomes said. “I started learning guitar one day then ended up in Denton, a town that houses one of the best music programs in the world. I want to have fun instead of work for the rest of my life and music looks like the way to do that.”
Explain your job now.
“I play music and I teach music. I’m very good at guiding the vibe of a room. That skill shows in both areas of my work. In performing though, I need to open up and converse more with my audiences.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I plan on graduating with a music degree and performing and teaching music for the rest of my life,” Coomes said.
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“Put in the work to get the best grades you can,” Coomes said. “Also, party like there’s no tomorrow! You won’t get to relive anything. My best advice: Follow your dreams and shoot for the stars. How terrible would it be to wonder, ‘What if I had tried?’”