11/28/11 MAN OF MANY TALENTS

Jacob Ingle, a Williams High School senior, plays a total of seven different musical instruments. He will be attending Elon in the fall on a football scholarship.

Scott Muthersbaugh / Times-News

Jacob Ingle, a Williams High School senior, plays a total of seven different musical instruments. He will be attending Elon in the fall on a football scholarship.

MAN OF MANY TALENTS
Williams High senior dazzles on and off the football field
By Mike Wilder The Times-News 11/28/11     
Reprinted with permission.

   On the football field, Jacob Ingle plays a skillful offense.

   Off the field, he plays double bass — and banjo, guitar, piano, mandolin, electric guitar and electric bass.

   “I started in the fourth grade on double bass,” Ingle said. His stepfather, Fred Black, suggested he try the instrument because there were none in the orchestra at Smith Elementary School.

   Now 18 and a Williams High School senior, he spent a few hours getting a feel for the instrument, the largest in the modern orchestra.

   “From there on out,” he said, “I loved it.”

   He’s learned other instruments through a combination of taking lessons and teaching himself. He now teaches young people to play the guitar.

   Ingle’s versatility in different styles of music matches the large number of instruments he plays.

   “What I listen to, I’m pretty selective about,” he said. “But I’ll play just about anything — bluegrass to country to rock to hard rock to metal.”

   During an interview with the Times-News, Ingle played the bluegrass classic “Cripple Creek” on banjo, a Bach gavotte on double bass and a series of Metallica riffs on electric guitar.

   An offensive guard on Williams High Schools’ football team, he’s juggled sports with music since his time at Turrentine Middle School. Doing both has meant a packed schedule during high school football season. Ingle’s mother, Kim Black, said her son is driven by a passion for both.

   He’s just as pumped up as after a football game, she said, when coming home after a musical performance: “It’s that same adrenaline that he gets.”

   Besides playing in the orchestras at Turrentine and Williams, Ingle has been part of All-State Orchestra since seventh grade.

   After four years as a Williams Bulldog, Ingle plans to play for the Elon University Phoenix, where he has a full scholarship. Notes from Elon coaches cover part of his bedroom door. Notes from coaches at other schools where he went through the recruitment process, including N.C. State, Duke, Clemson and Ball State, hang on a nearby wall.

   Ingle is taking his banjo to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. He’ll play on the North Carolina team Dec. 17 in Spartanburg, S.C. Ingle and other team members will visit a Shriners’ hospital for children, and he wants to play the instrument for young people he meets.

   He is considering majoring in music at Elon. Whatever his choice, Ingle will keep playing: “Music for me is almost a way of life.”