Composer Michael Ippolito's early life in Florida was filled with music, in schools like Brandon's McLane Middle School. He says he was a little bit ahead of his classmates in music class, so he grew bored. That's when his teacher told him to jot down the music in his head. "Now, as an adult, I'm pretty sure my orchestra director was just trying to be quiet, but she said, 'Why don't you write those down?' And it had never occurred to me that one would write those things down.