Pawhuska’s high school band is laying down the beats during Huskies’ football games and catching the ears and eyes of local spectators. Band director Joshua Burrows talks about how the fall semester is going.
1. Around how many high school students are in band?
Currently we have roughly 33 students.
2. Name some of the songs you are working on this semester.
During the early fall we worked on pep tunes. We are playing many common standard tunes but our halftime show tunes are based around the music of Danny Elfman. These three pieces are very difficult to pull off with groups with fewer students. Danny Elfman is famous for writing music to accompany the films of Tim Burton. We are playing the themes from Tales from the Crypt, Sleepy Hollow and Beetlejuice.
3. Have there been any challenges?
With the gas purge issue, this caused us to put marching aside and focus on playing more music.
4. When and where will the band perform for the Pawhuska community?
Soon we will start learning songs for Veterans Day assembly, followed by Christmas songs.
5. How did you become interested in becoming a band director?
I became a band director because of the outlet that music allowed me to have throughout school. My primary goal was to be a teacher. The band side was a way for me to appeal more to the students’ creative sides. There are so many sources in a child’s life defining the box they are to live in and not enough sources showing them how they can decorate that box.
— Emily Droege