Changing the world with peace

Posted on June 28, 2018

By Gloria Cueva, Collaborative Management Program Coordinator for Eagle River Youth Coalition

“Hate and violence,” is what this 11th grader from Battle Mountain High School would change in the world. It may seem like an insurmountable feat, but for Elijah (Eli) Seeman and his friends perhaps it’s possible to inspire peace through the universal language of music. Eli said it’s sad when others let you down, but he thinks that listening and being there for others is what can make a difference.

Eli has been a member in the band One Thirty-Two, who produced an album this past year. The band played all types of rock from classic rock to funk rock. They even performed at TEDxYouth this past April – earning resounding rounds of applause from the audience. Unfortunately, all the members will be moving away to go to college, except for one who will attend Colorado Mountain College locally.

Eli says his band mates would probably describe him as a musician who is calm and intelligent. Perhaps the most admirable quality of this young man is his recent contribution to a child in our local community through Eagle River Youth Coalition’s Collaborative Management Program. Eli accepted a call to provide drum lessons for a child that yearned to play the drums. When asked why he did it, he said, “I did it because it’s important to teach young kids music. It’s a good outlet that can bring joy. The experience was great.”

Eli’s favorite pastime? You guessed it! Listening to or playing music. Being in band, in the drumline, is what he is proudest of these days. He also enjoys hanging out with his friends – going to a movie, eating out or spending time at local coffee places.

Speaking of places to hang out – that is what Eli commented he’d like to see change in the local community. While he appreciates that each town – Avon, Vail, Eagle, Edwards, Gypsum – has its own special character and appeal he would like for there to be more places for youth to hang out in the later hours. The choices are very limited, unlike one of his favorite cities in the world – New York City.

Eli plans to move to New York City and study music after high school. “I love everything about it (New York City). There’s everything to do there and things stay open late.” His grandmother lives in New York City, so he has had many opportunities to explore the Big Apple. His grandmother is a very important part of his life as are his parents and older brother. Eli’s parents are very supportive of his dreams and aspirations. He shares a close bond with his older brother, too, who will move away this fall to attend Columbia University.

Next year, Eli plans to help with Link Crew, a program at Battle Mountain High School that assists incoming freshman transition from middle school life to high school. Eli said he wants to continue to help with Eagle River Youth Coalition’s efforts and community initiatives.

His long term goal in life is to “become a household name” but not in the traditional sense. He wants to be known for positively impacting people’s lives through his music. He hopes to produce music and still be drumming in New York City five years from now, perhaps reuniting with his band someday. Music, for Eli, is the magic that can transform lives and provide a peaceful place for all of us.

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