Beginning band a testament to student dedication

More than 200 proud parents and other spectators watched the North Whidbey Middle School beginning band perform last Thursday at Oak Harbor High School.

The 70-member band is composed of fifth and sixth grade students and directed by Dr. Andrew Judd.

For most students it was their first time ever performing on a stage or in front of an audience, said principal Bill Weinsheimer.

Weinsheimer thanked all the parents for attending and jokingly thanked them for enduring the first few sounds they heard coming from their children’s instruments.

“The concert went great and I am very pleased with all the students,” Judd said. “They were very well prepared.”

One of the biggest challenges is keeping students motivated, he said. One of the difficulties is that these students go to school an hour earlier to attend band class at the middle school and then take a bus back to their elementary school to start their normal school day.

For Linndsy Scheer, a fifth-grade trumpet player, last Thursday was her first performance.

“I was super scared at first, but once I started playing I really had fun,” she said. “I like the way music can move people.”

Rachael Simmons, a fifth-grade oboe player, said her interest in music came from her brothers who also played the same instrument.

“I am having so much fun playing but the only down side is that I have to get up super early, but it is super worth it,” Simmons said.

The entire beginning band program, including the transportation, is funded with levy dollars, according to school officials.

More in Life

Top 10 Wildcat grads prepare for rest of their lives

Today marks a significant milestone for Oak Harbor High School students who… Continue reading

The great Oak Harbor High School paper caper

Oak Harbor High School seniors discarded their old assignments in the traditional… Continue reading

Coupeville’s 2019 graduates receive diplomas, look ahead to the future

Four years. Four years of homework, friendships, classrooms lectures, competitions and the… Continue reading

June offers wide variety of art shows from woolly sheep to whales

Artists are on exhibit at OAK HARBOR LIBRARY in June, featuring paintings,… Continue reading

Coupeville top 10 seniors reflect on high school, look to future

They’ve turned their tassels, thrown their caps and likely put their gowns… Continue reading

A hoot of religious irreverence

Delightful Dark Ages dark comedy ‘Incorruptible’ conquers Playhouse

Relay for Life

This year’s cancer research fundraiser was held 6 p.m. Friday to noon… Continue reading

Flying the flag for Memorial Day

Members of a Search and Rescue crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey… Continue reading

Downtown building transformed into student art gallery

Oak Harbor art teachers have long been searching for another way to… Continue reading

Summertime bites sips

Cool down, fill up or satisfy a sweet tooth with these delicious food, drink recipes

Whidbey’s shrimp season mighty small and plenty busy

Local waters awash in thousands of buoys, hundreds of boaters and dinner for dozens