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.