This is the second of three profiles of the graduating seniors who will be featured in the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble’s spring concert on Thursday, May 19. The photo above, by Hannah O’Flynn ’15, shows Moises Silva ’16 during the Coast’s March music exchange trip to Cuba.
Moises Silva ’16, who plays drums in the Coast, is from Los Angeles, CA, and is pursuing a BA in Engineering Sciences and BE in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he goes on to a job as a vehicle engineer for Northrop Grumman.
During his time at Dartmouth, he said, “I grew from a hobby drummer into a real drummer. Here, I had the opportunity to grow with exposure to a diverse range of genres. Additionally, I had easy access to instruments which allowed me to experiment with different sounds and textures. Overall, I developed my own sound and personality as a drummer.” In addition to the Coast, he’s been a steady member of the World Music Percussion Ensemble, played for the student band the Euphemisms and he now plays for the student band Half the City.
As an engineering student, he’s been a part of many projects—most recently the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) project, which received national media coverage for using robotics to eliminate player-on-player contact in football practice and thus lower the incidence of brain injury. “The MVP has the potential to radically change the football landscape. I am really proud of my role in the development of the project and can’t wait to see where it goes,” Silva wrote.
After Dartmouth, Silva said, “I hope that music can play a dominant role in my life. I hope to continue developing my sound and experimenting with different genres. Fortunately, the music scene in LA is growing and I hope to find a community of musicians with similar goals as myself.”
“After visiting Cuba, I realized that as a musician I have a great responsibility. I must fully understand my own instrument and I must dedicate myself to developing my skill. Playing with Cuban musicians helped me realize that music is a way of life.”