Makin’ Music

Nov 23, 2022 at 07:00 am by Arthur-RB

Washington County High School Band students received a master’s class in musical theory and helpful hints last week during a visit from one of Barton College’s professionals.

Shawn Wellman, Barton College’s Director of Bands, made a special visit Tuesday, November 15, where he provided a special afternoon session to a handful of students. Many of the afternoon’s lessons centered on mastery of timing and exercising synergy with their fellow band mates.

Notably, much of Wellman’s teachings consisted of small tweaks, such as the most practical way for the percussionists in the room to hold their sticks, in order to get the most out of any performance.

For the students present that were struggling to master their wind instruments, Wellman cautioned that many of them were simply not taking in enough air before performing...

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