By Gabbi Ramos
(Photo credit provided by Sharon Fonzo)
You hear them at the football games. You hear them storm the halls. The sound that seeps through your classrooms walls: Poston Butte’s Marching Band. A prestigious group of musicians who classify themselves in specific skill sets. Poston Butte’s band is number one, but what makes the band so great?
Mr.Woode, the band director, shares the process of joining band, “You have to know how to play your instrument. Most start in elementary school-fifth grade, sixth grade. Brass instruments like a trombone or trumpet. French horn, tuba, baritone. Clarinet, flute, saxophone bass drum, snare drum, quad, or symbols. Either way, all of which you’ve had to have prior experience before high school.”
One of the marching band members, Gwendolyn St. Clair Fowler , a sophomore, shares how she started out in band, “I started in 5th grade and progressed as years went by”
Another marching band member, Gary Farnsworth, a freshman, shares how he started out in band, “It’s actually my very first year in band. I’m in percussion, but I don’t have to know how to read music, which is the general information that almost every band kid knows.”
Mr.Woode also explains the busy schedule that often comes with joining the marching band.
“During the school day, we practice for an hour. Tuesdays, we have evening rehearsal for two hours. Usually, within the marching band itself, section leaders within each section will tend to have a one hour sectional, on any given day, during the week. Outside of class time and outside of rehearsal time. Then, with most Friday’s being guaranteed for football games, you are expected to attend if it a home game. Two hours before the game starts, you are there until the game ends.”
Not only does the band have to constantly practice, but they also have a duty of ensuring they master their part of a performance.
“One of the programs that give each individual a job to do. Each instrument has their place and they rely on each other to play the right things at the right time. It creates a dependance and a community. A feel of unity within the band.”
After hours spent practicing and lots of high expectations to meet, Mr.Woode shares how this stress only brings the band closer together.
“We are all very close. I think of myself as a mentor but also an additional father figure. I sometimes see them more than even their own households do.”
Gwendolyn shares what band has meant for her,“Being in band has allowed me to create new friendships and express myself through music.”
Gary shares his inspiration to join band, “My father encouraged me to join. He thought it would be a good opportunity for me and so far it has been.”
Mr.Woode also shares how his childhood dream was to become a band teacher, “I was in band all through elementary school, middle school, high school. In college, I went to become a band director, because my high school band director’s passion made it so much fun for me. I wanted to be just like them.”
In conclusion, Mr.Woode has not ceased to express how much the band contributes positively to the lives of all involved with it. That to be a marching band member, you’ve got to be more than Bronco Strong.
By Justin Wing
“All work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet- - It’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” - Joss Whedon
Art is not just another painting, drawing, sculpture, or random doodle you may find on the street. It’s a visual language, and depending on your perception and idea of perspective, art can decipher itself like Victory to Enigma.
Natalie Stephens, a Sophomore, explained what art meant to her in an interview, and she said “Art is basically everything. It helps me express myself when I can’t find the right words.”
Natalie Stephens’s hand painted shoes inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night and the popular British T.V show Doctor Who (Photo taken by Justin Wing)
Stephens then continues, by talking about her favorite art piece, saying “Van Gogh’s Starry night is my favorite painting because of the nature of the swirls and the sense of imagery you get from the painting. Another reason why I like it so much is because of the different colors Van Gogh used to accent the sky and the stars.”
Stephen’’s reason for liking Starry Night is based on the imagery and colors used, and she interpreted the painting as a sky full of stars over a peaceful and tranquil town, something we do daily when we see paintings. For all we know, Maybe Van Gogh was painting an underwater city with the “stars” and yellow swirls we see actually being underwater vehicles with their headlights turned on! It’s all open to interpretation.
It’s just like what Whedon said, “All work is open to interpretations the author did not intend.”
Ms. Jones, the AP Art teacher, talked about what art meant to her by saying “Art is the expression of ideas and emotions. It’s a literal message in art form.” Her favorite painting is The Door by Ivan Albright.
The Door By Ivan Albright (Photo credit to Google Images)
Jones continues, by saying that the painting was “Very real in terms of darkness and grunge. The painting provides a form of realism in a dark way that we tend to avoid. It makes the consumer think that something happened, and it makes the mind wander and think about what is happening in this scene.”
This is a great example when it comes to art and different interpretations, as this painting could mean anything. The wreath on the door could mean that it’s a holiday, or it could mean that there was a death and people are mourning. The whole painting is open to interpretation.
Ms. Ross, the Ceramics teacher, said that “Art is a way of looking at the world through an outside lens. It’s a different perspective on lots of the things we see today, and it’s even a puzzle in some ways.” One of her favorite pieces of art is called Composition 85111 by Wassily Kandinsky.
Composition 85111 By Wassily Kandinsky (Photo credit to Google Images)
Ross explained why it’s her favorite by explaining that Kandinsky was actually a musician and this is actually the conversion of sound into images. She said “The painting is really beautiful because it takes music and sound and translates it into a visual medium.”
Ross added a quote by Kandinsky which says “Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.”
Now while the painting can have tons of different interpretations, this is one of the more unique ones. It’s a truly beautiful interpretation that goes along with a beautiful quote.
Art isn’t just some painting, drawing, sculpture, or random doodle you may find. It’s a message open to interpretation, and if it’s deciphered right, you may just have a Da Vinci on your hands.
By Natalie Stephens
“Poston butte’s awesome library” - Taken by Natalie .S.
You're only limited by your imagination. There are some great young minds out there, and in the writing world there’s so many different genres to choose from when writing.
I know many talented students at Poston Butte and several great writers. I was given the chance to interview Benjamin Turner, Senior, and Zach Doucette, Junior, are both talented young writers. English teacher Mrs. Esquer is a published author and also has advice for young writers.
Many writers also read similar genres they write about. Benjamin said, “The thing that got me into writing was reading books and thinking to myself, ‘it would be fun to write books.’”
Mrs. Esquer said, “The more you read the more you tend to write; that’s been my experience.”
So the trick is just to write what you like. Zach said he enjoys writing action fantasy, western. He said, “I want to write stories that has a lot of imagery so the readers can picture them maybe as movies or shows that has really strong characters.”
Writing is an amazing way to express yourself. But we can all say when it comes to writing, it can also be difficult.
Many issues can prevent you from writing such as just getting started, staying focused, and staying on point. Zach said, “It’s hard to stay focused writing sometimes it takes months to finish a chapter.” Another problem is writer's block,
Mrs. Esquer said, “Read books in the same genre that you like to write; that way it can help you get back in that flow”.
Some other things you can do is take a minute to yourself, you can listen to music and just take a breather.
Writing can give you so many opportunities, Mrs. Esquer said, “With being a young writer one of the hardest things would have to be getting that agent, you might get 100 rejections before you get that one yes. ”
Mrs. Esquer recommends the web site www.writersdigest.com. It has everything on it to help you get that great start.
So for young people that like to write, keep it up! Even if it gets hard you just need to have the passion and patience and try your best.
By: Natalie Stephens
“2nd hour AP and Honors Art”(Photo by Natalie Stephens)
When enough time and effort is put into something, anything is possible. Miss. Jones, (one of the art teachers at Poston Butte) has an amazing quote that’s in her class, by Pablo Picasso: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them as an artist.”
Miss. Jones is a very fun, energetic teacher and she teaches a little bit of everything like General Art, Art 1,2,3,4 and AP Studio Art. She really enjoys the higher up art classes where students finding their particular style and voice in art. Miss. Jones is there to help them with that, and with the different classes, you can tell the difference in independence and level of commitment; there's more of a passion.
Not many people are into art, Miss. Jones said, “With lower level classes the students are usually there for the credits or they’re sorta interested in art, but then usually people get frustrated and at that point they just give up or if they have the passion to continue to be frustrated and work through it.” And many people do give up because the lower level classes usually have more criteria that they need to meet, learning the elements and the principles of design, and their learning the rules of making an artwork. Then when you get to higher level art you're able to break the rules you can pick and choose what you need to be able to show what your message is.
Nathan Skeels, a senior, is currently in AP Art and really enjoys it it’s helped him progress and go beyond his limits, to do better and make his way up in the art world . Since he’s been in AP Art he’s been able to grow and learn more in the art world. For Nathan it can be difficult at times because of time crunches and getting all the details in. In AP Art he said because you know your elements of art, you're able to get out of your comfort zone, you explore new areas in art, and you can break the rules. It helps you do better and do more.
Another senior at poston butte is Jana Martin and is in Art 4 ( Honors Art ). Jana’s love for art is very strong because when she’s older she wants to go into interior design. She really likes Art 4 because they get to do concentration which is like a set topic and you do a series of pictures that go with that topic, and it’s all in how you want to do it. Here and there it can be difficult coming up with original ideas, but that's the fun in art.
Jana really enjoys being in the higher up art class because their given more freedom than other art classes, and she's able to do what she wants. Being in Art 4 has helped her pick up speed when completing pieces and has helped her learn more things that can help her with her dream job.
A saying that can be used for almost anything is “practice makes perfect” and with AP and Honors Art, it really is true, and more people should give it a chance because it can really open up your mind and you can learn to bend the rules of art and be able to create something that can inspire people.