November 2, 2012

He's a jazzman and a lineman in harmony

At ease playing piano or football or even teaching kids in Uganda, Tate Gale is one well-rounded young man.

By Tom Chard
Staff Writer

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Band of brothers on and off the field, Tate Gale (54) opens running room for Nick Volger, who sometimes lends his guitar skills to Gale’s piano playing.

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All that jazz provides an outlet for Tate Gale when he’s not butting heads as a guard and linebacker for the playoff-bound Portland High School football team.

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In last Saturday's quarterfinals against Windham, the Bulldogs moved Gale to fullback from guard for a big portion of the game. With Gale blocking, it allowed the Bulldogs to have more of a power running game. Gale had been a running back until he was moved to guard at the tail end of last season. He was slated to be at fullback at the start of the season, but was moved to guard because of an injury to Cody McCormack, who is now healthy.

"I never thought I would have so much fun playing guard," said Gale.

Gale has also been outstanding on defense.

"He's our quarterback on defense," said Volger. "He calls all our blitzes and knows what's going on better than anyone."

Gale uses jazz to relax. Even though he said he's having his most enjoyable year playing football, it's still nice to get away from the regimentation of school and football.

"It's just a nice release to play the piano," he said.

Gale, who ranks seventh in his class, has applied early decision to the University of Pennsylvania.

"I have my fingers crossed on that one," he said.

Music will still be important in college, but not as a major. Gale has also applied to the University of Michigan which has a strong music program.

"I wouldn't mind watching some big-time college football," he said.

The playoff win and other wins have given Portland confidence heading into Saturday's game. The Bulldogs said they are a much different team than the one which lost to Cheverus, 42-0, nearly two months ago.

"Being an underdog is a good spot for us," said Gale. "That's the position we love to be in. It's going to be a good game. We can't make mistakes."

At the Maine Mall performance, a few of his teammates watched their captain perform.

"Tate is amazing on the keyboard," said Volger, who plays guitar. "There was a big group watching the jazz band. Tate is tapping his feet and moving around. You wouldn't think a big guy would be playing music."

Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at:

Twitter: TomChardPPH


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