Caleb Young’s cat, Godrick, got over 700,000 views on #catsofinstagram. When asked who’s more Instagram famous, Young laughed.
“Godrick, for sure!” For now, perhaps.
Not to disparage Godrick — who Young refers to as his “therapy cat” — but Young, 29, assistant conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, is charging up the ranks of his chosen profession, using his talent, energy, personality (and social media skills) to build on his success.
Music has always been a part of Young’s life. At three, he began playing piano, eventually adding the trumpet and euphonium to his repertoire. He was drum major in his high school’s marching band. “By my last year of high school, I knew music was what wanted I wanted to pursue. I went to the University of Alabama and studied euphonium with the plan to play professionally.”
Non-music majors may wonder: What’s a euphonium? It’s a member of the tuba family, a brass instrument similar to the baritone horn but with a conical bore (it grows larger as it progresses toward the bell) as opposed to a baritone’s straight bore.