February 2021 Music Student of the Month – Henry Walker

Henry, an 8th grader, has been playing percussion since 5th grade, and now finds himself tapping out a tempo quite naturally.  His advice for new or hesitant students is simply to not overthink it because playing music is fun.  Nevertheless, Band Director Darren Dix has noted Henry’s effort at pushing himself musically throughout the virtual band experience.  Practicing percussion alone does not sound fun and we are impressed with Henry’s focus.  Congratulations on being February’s Music Student of the Month!

“The best part about playing music is the feeling you get when you play a part that you have been stuck on right!”

Orcas MS Band percussionist, Henry Walker

The Music Student of the Month series recognizes Orcas Island Public School musicians who work hard at their musical skills and whose love of music is an inspiration to their fellow student musicians.  Thank you so much to the Orcas Island businesses who are sponsoring this monthly series throughout the 2020-21 school year that recognizes the efforts of student musicians and the value of school music!

–as published in Islands’ Sounder February 2021