FINE ARTS STUDENT OF THE WEEK
• Year: Senior.
• Age: 18.
• Art focus: Symphonic band.
• Adviser nomination: “David is a highly motivated percussionist in symphonic band and our drum set player in Jazz Ensemble I. His musicianship and leadership is much appreciated.”
• Art activities: Symphonic band, Jazz Ensemble I, choir and Knowledge Bowl.
• Did you play drums as a child? “I started in sixth grade.”
• What made you decide to play percussion? “When I was in fourth grade, the Brainerd High School band played a few songs for us and that is when I fell in love with the xylophone. I like the way it sounds.
“I play pretty much everything. There are at least 15 percussion instruments that include the drum set, snare drum, color instruments, cow bell and the whip. It’s fun that I’m not always playing the same thing over and over again.”
• Plans after high school: “I’m not sure where I’ll go to college, but I know for sure that I will join the band there. I love music.”
• Artist most admired: Buddy Rich.
• Memorable fine arts achievement: My first jazz band concert in the fall of 2009.”
• Do you play any other instruments: “I used to play piano and I’m learning how to play the guitar.”
• Favorite Christmas cartoon: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
• Favorite TV series: “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
• Favorite book: “The Tao of Pooh.”
• What will be in your Christmas stocking? “Hopefully new drum sticks.”
• Favorite Christmas treat: “Anything chocolate.”
• If you were an instrument, which one would you be and why? “A drum set because it’s really loud and energetic like me.”
• Parents: Chris and Wendy Adamson of Brainerd.
• Honorable mention: Steph Northway, senior, art: The art adviser said, “Steph is technically skilled in a variety of artistic areas and media. Her creative problem-solving always packs surprises or causes the viewer to consider alternative perspectives. Steph’s hallmark seems to be mystery.”
— By Jennifer Stockinger,