Artist of the Year 2020: Nominee Cole Engleman '16

Artist of the Year 2020: Instrumental Music Nominee Cole Engleman
The Orange County Register Varsity Arts

The students featured in the OCR have been named as nominees for the 2020 Artist of the Year in instrumental music. They received 117 nominations from teachers and private instructors at Orange County high schools and arts organizations.

This arts discipline has been divided into five specialties: commercial and world/cultural music, jazz, piano and stings, and winds and percussion. Semi-finalists in each specialty will be chosen by a panel of music teachers and announced in April at

The nominees are listed with an endorsement from their nominating teacher, the primary instrument(s) they play, and a link to the student’s work. Here is a link to the full news article which includes a video. 

COMMERCIAL AND WORLD/CULTURAL MUSIC- Cole Robert Engleman, steel drum (steel pan) 

“In addition to honing his steel drum skills, Cole has developed his bass guitar playing, grown as a conga soloist, laid down the beat behind the drum set, and expanded his musical sensitivity and refined his listening and orchestration skills through playing auxiliary percussion. Whether we’re playing calypso, soca, rock, funk, jazz or classical pieces, Cole is one of the most versatile students I’ve ever worked with.” — Amanda Duncan, Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Cole started his music career at St. Mary's playing the cello for 8 years. In addition to the cello, he also played the bass guitar and drums in the Jazz Band. Cole continued his music at Santa Margarita Catholic High School where he is a member of the Honors Steel Drums Band.