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

Cider Fest rules!

Event features freshly-pressed juice, food, music

Photo by Maria Matson / Whidbey News-Times
                                <em>Whidbey Island resident Dick Evans will be signing and selling copies of his book, “Fazkils,” at the Clinton Community Hall on Saturday.</em>
In a new book, Hollywood actor, author reflects on his life, career

Richard “Dick” Evans is an actor, writer and director with a long… Continue reading

Free jammin’ and campin’ at fairgrounds added to Djangofest

The Island County Fairgrounds Campground will be filled with music later this… Continue reading

Virtuosos join forces at Djangofest

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, Grammy-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will… Continue reading

Raptors ready to roost at annual festival

Get up close with nature’s hunting aviators Saturday

Photos by Maria Matson / Whidbey News Group
                                <em>Bob Becker and his son, Bob Becker Jr., sit at Becker’s house in Coupeville. Becker turned age 103 on Sept. 11.</em>
Passing the century mark

‘It feels no different from when I was 80’

Celebrating an artistic legacy

When a longtime member passed away last March, her colleagues at Whidbey… Continue reading

Growing strong after 25 years

Bayview Farm and Garden celebrates anniversary

Real life couple shines on stage in dynamic performance at Whidbey Playhouse

There are two reasons to see “Daddy Long Legs,” opening Friday at… Continue reading

Woodpalooza features wordworking talent

Woodworking may seem like a hobby for those in their golden years,… Continue reading

Longtime director exits WICA stage

Burgua a guiding force during theater’s turbulent early years

Peeking inside an artists’ world

Annual island tour opens studio doors