The Washington Music Educator's Junior All-State Orchestra accepted Pioneer Middle School student Will Liening for participation, said his orchestra teacher, Julia Woods.
An eighth-grade violinist in the Pioneer Orchestra, Will is one of 375-plus seventh- and eighth-grade musicians honored to play during a gala event Feb. 19 in Bellevue, Wash., during the Washington Music Educators Association's All-State Music Conference.
The son of Nathan and Dixie Liening, Will and the other outstanding musicians will rehearse under the direction of outstanding music educators and present a final concert that afternoon, Julia said.
The student musicians were selected through auditions to participate in the WMEA-sponsored event.
"Many professional musicians credit their all-state experience as crucial in their decision to choose music as a career.
"Thousands of others whose career paths took them in other directions have great memories of participating in this inspiring and motivating musical experience and claim that it was a life-changing experience for them," Julia said.
A Milton-Freewater schoolgirl was on the receiving end of a new clarinet, courtesy of efforts by Walla Walla Blues Society members.
She had received a new clarinet the previous year from WWBS, but it was destroyed in a house fire.
While attending the Muddy Frogwater Festival this fall, members learned of the loss and purchased a new one for her.
They ended up teaming with the local Hastings store, which stocks a variety of new musical instruments, according to the November WWBS Blues Notes.
A sign in the store noted that the business is involved in the community so when WWBS members brought the clarinet up to the clerk, they asked if their non-profit organization could get a discount to help the young musician.
After store manager Mel Eperthener checked with the home office in Boise, Hastings applied a discount of more than $50 for the purchase.
Writing for Blues News, J.W. "Torch" Davis said "We were both impressed and gratified by this wonderful display of support. True to their sign, Hastings is, in fact, involved in our local community. It certainly makes us want to take our business back there again and again."
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