Etcetera - 10/18/12

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Walla Walla High School string quartet students Jennifer Cho, Nathanial Lynn, Kelsey Gabel and Quinn Anderson performed for the State Board of Education as part of its recent board meeting in Walla Walla.

“They did a fantastic job representing our school, community and music program,” reported music teacher Julia Woods in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review.

She said an audience member recorded the students on his phone and his app identified the piece they were playing.

Another one asked the students how many started their musical careers in the public schools, as opposed to starting with private lessons, as many students do on the West side.

“I was very proud as they all responded ‘all of us,’” Julia said. “The board members seemed very impressed with the quality of their performance — hooray for public school music education. Thank you for your support of orchestra in our district.”


Walla Walla Gun Club continues to raise proceeds for its new gun range fund.

Raffle tickets are available for $2 per ticket for an Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi Tablet computer, said club secretary Bob Bloch.

“These are all the rage these days, and if you have kids or grandkids, they will want one of these. The drawing is just before Christmas, so put on your Santa hat and buy $10 or $20 worth of these tickets and pass ‘em out to the recipients.”

Another raffle, for a “nearly perfect rifle battery” is being offered for $10 per ticket, which gives the bearer a chance to own all four of the Winchester Model 70 Super Grade rifles. For more details see wallawallagunclub.org.


Through mp3 electronic auditions, a slew of Walla Walla High School Band students have been chosen to participate in the 2012 Western International Band Clinic.

The 34th annual convention will be Nov. 16-19 at Doubletree Hotel at Sea-Tac Airport.

It will be the fourth time to attend for senior clarinetist Michelle Ruzicka. She’ll join seniors Sam Gentzler, clarinet, and Rachel Schueller, flute, third-timers; senior Hannah LaPier, clarinet, second time; senior Groover Snell, clarinet, and juniors Kyli Humphreys, French horn, and Brandon Rohde, alto sax, all first-timers.

Quite a score for these musicians as more than 900 students around the Northwest and Canada auditioned, said Roger Garcia, Walla Walla Public Schools district music coordinator, in a release.

The 660 students selected will play in four honor bands of 165 students per band, under six world-renowned guest conductors and a soloist.

The non-profit WIBC, Inc. serves bands, directors and their students worldwide.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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