Nate Pultorak is a 17-year old High School student at Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet, IL. He says his favorite subject in High School is mathematics. 2012 was the second time he has been to Winfield and the Festival. Nate does attend other festivals such as the Gebbard Woods Dulcimer Festival and the Kentucky Music Weekend. He enjoyed 2011’s competition so much that he decided to return again this year. In addition to the hammer dulcimer he also plays the trumpet, piano and percussion. Nate’s hobbies include recording music, doing computer programming and trying unique techniques on the dulcimer. Who knows, maybe in 2013 those techniques will propel him to first place in this competition. His efforts netted him a check for $100, the 2nd Place Trophy and a Cloud Nine-Model 17/16/8 Hammer Dulcimer by Cloud Nine Musical Instruments of Ostrander, OH.