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FINE ARTS STUDENTS OF THE WEEK

Posted: April 6, 2011 - 1:30pm
Brainerd High School senior Bradyn Watson on Monday played the bassoon during a Chamber Orchestra rehearsal at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Educational Service Building.  Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger
Brainerd Dispatch/Jennifer Stockinger
Brainerd High School senior Bradyn Watson on Monday played the bassoon during a Chamber Orchestra rehearsal at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Educational Service Building.

Bradyn Watson

 Year: Senior.

 Age: 18.

 Art focus: Chamber Orchestra

 Adviser nomination: “Bradyn is the principal bassoon in the Chamber Orchestra, plays in the cello section, is a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra on May 24 and is known for his outstanding and fine musicianship.”

 Art activities: Plays the alto saxophone in Symphonic Band and Jazz Band and sings in A Capella Choir.

 How long have you played the bassoon? “I joined Chamber Orchestra this year, so I played it for a year. I’m the only bassoon player in the orchestra so you could say I’m not only the first chair, but I’m also the last.

“I was interested in learning how to play the bassoon and it was an instrument I knew I could adapt to. I wanted to experiment with another instrument before going to college and this is an instrument that not a lot of people play in college.”

 Where are you going to college? “Luther College to major in music. My dream job would be doing what I love and that is being around music.”

 What will you play for your May 24 solo? “A Glazunov concerto (on the alto saxophone).”

 Memorable fine arts achievement: Earning a perfect score in a quartet for the solo and ensemble contest this year.

 Favorite movie: “Dan in Real Life.”

 Favorite TV series: “Lost.”

 Favorite restaurant: Jimmy John’s.

 Last thing you cooked/made: “A blueberry Pop-Tart.”

 Favorite book: “Goodnight Moon.”

 Parents: Todd and Jennifer Watson of Brainerd.

 Honorable mention: Kandi Knoll, senior, Brainonian: Yearbook adviser said, “Kandi is very motivated and has a good eye for photo composition and editing. Her yearbook pages are very pleasing visually and she was very motivated in all of her work.”

Julie Ashburn, junior, mock trial: Her adviser said, “Julie was a witness for the mock trial team this year. This role was of a character who is sincere but confused and had to be played as not confused. Julie played the part beautifully and made her character credible. Julie is a mock trial veteran with three years of experience and her contribution to the team is vital to our success.”