High school band provides family atmosphere at Peninsula

January 15, 2014 

My plan to attend Peninsula High School’s symphonic band concert last month crashed, but band member Molly Duttry was on the spot and — between performing with her piccolo and helping to make the concert a success — she also bailed me out with her talent as a fine photographer.

Duttry, a junior, also gathered comments from her fellow band members and conductor Justin Ehli.

Indeed, she deserves to have her name in the byline for this Kids’ Corner. Many thanks, Molly!

“Band is a family, and I strive to make it a place where everyone belongs,” Ehli wrote to Duttry. “We share experiences, goals and struggles together. Band is also a great way to be a part of something larger than yourself, and to learn how to contribute to a unified team with your own unique personality and skills. We all depend on each other to perform our best.”

I have heard these and similar sentiments expressed by the kids in the band to me time and again over the years. How inspiring!

“Band has really changed my life,” Junior Dylan Jensen said. “It’s given joy, laughter and so many amazing experiences. I hope band will continue to be a program that tons of kids can enjoy.”

Junior Alec Dionne also loves band.

“It’s what makes my school day fun,” Dionne said. “All of my close friends are in band, and I don’t know if I’d even have met them without band. There’s just so many fun, amazing people here.”

Senior Hannah Nicholson said being a part of the band has really helped her find the value in hard work.

“We put countless hours of our time, effort and energy into this program, and what we get back is incredible,” she said. “A sense of community, pride, leadership and teamwork. We’re all working together for a common cause: to make beautiful music. I say we do that pretty well.”

Sophomore Ian Linhardson said his experience with music started on the Key Peninsula.

“Peninsula High School has been a perfect place to continue to study music,” Linhardson said. “Not only is it a great program educationally, it is enriching in almost every aspect. I joined band because it sounded like a fun side activity to participate in. I had no idea what I was getting into. Although it’s a giant dedication of time and work, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a group that I instantly bonded with to the point where I consider almost everyone in the band family. It’s also a great opportunity to do something you enjoy with people who share the same attitude toward it.”

Senior Nico Phillips said the past four years with the band has included lifelong friends and a second family.

“It also provides me with an environment where I can do what I love: create music,” Phillips said.

“Preparing for a concert takes a great amount of work,” junior Daniel Aliment added. “However, it is very rewarding during the performance when all the work comes together.”

Band is a rewarding experience to budding photojournalist Molly Duttry.

“The people in the program are all my family and friends, and I couldn’t be happier with my high school career through band,” she said.

Let’s welcome Duttry to journalism. She’s the best!

Hugh McMillan is a longtime freelance writer for The Peninsula Gateway. He can be reached at 253-884-3319 or by email at hmcmnp1000@ centurytel.net.

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