5-year-old Jesse Quintana visited the Stock Show on Sunday January 12th, but not to see the animals.
5-year-old Jesse Quintana visited the Stock Show on Sunday January 12th, but not to see the animals. Usually a kid Jesse’s age would love to see the animals, but Jesse was there to impress an audience not stand in one. Ever since Jesse could walk he had a fiddle in his hand. When his grandmother played her fiddle for Jesse it was love at first sight for him. Mr. Quintana practices an hour a day in the mornings and at night. Jesse has the knowledge to play 30 tunes at his young age, and loves every minute he places a finger on his fiddle.
You may ask why was this young gun at the stock show? There is a contest called the Colorado Fiddle Championships, that took place during the 11th and 12th of January. There are 8 divisions in this competition ranging in ages from under 8 to 60 and above. Jesse of course being 5 participated in the youngest division called the Small Fry. He had tried for 2 years to win this, but was only 3 and 4. This year still competing against much older competition Jesse was determined to win the $250 and silver belt buckle with a fiddle on it.
After Jesse played his 3 tunes the audience went nuts, and even more so when they found out that the little 5 year old beat out all of his other contestants. Jesse is known around the Denver fiddling world for being the best young jammer he is. The head of the Colorado Fiddle Championships Linea Kenney pointed out “Jesse is so good at what he does because of his strong ear, great sense of time, and the way he just loves it.” Jesse Quintana is a kid to keep on the lookout for, and will hopefully prosper into something great one day!