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Fine Arts Student of the Week: Music is in senior's genes

Charles Rude Grade: Senior. Age: 17. Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony Adviser nomination: "Charles plays tenor saxophone in the BHS Wind Symphony and is the lead tenor in the BHS Jazz Ensemble I. He is an exceptional soloist, improvi...

Brainerd High School senior Charles Rude plays his saxophone in the BHS hallway during practice with the saxophone section. Rude was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week.Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch
Brainerd High School senior Charles Rude plays his saxophone in the BHS hallway during practice with the saxophone section. Rude was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

Charles Rude

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School Wind Symphony

Adviser nomination: "Charles plays tenor saxophone in the BHS Wind Symphony and is the lead tenor in the BHS Jazz Ensemble I. He is an exceptional soloist, improviser and a strong leader in each ensemble."

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Memorable fine arts achievement: "Getting 'Best in Site' for a saxophone quartet at the Solo and Ensemble Contest this past February."

Artist most admired: Charlie Parker, an American saxophonist.

Why did you join band: "I joined band because my family has always been a musical family. My parents were both in band and choir and my brothers were in band. My mom is actually a piano player, so I played that a little bit before joining band. In fifth grade, when the school has the students pick which instrument they want to play, I really liked the sax. I played alto sax for a year and then I switched to the tenor sax, because I thought it looks much cooler. The tenor is a little bit bigger, has a little different shape and it has a different key. But it pretty much is the same thing.

"Once in high school, I was in ninth grade band and I got into Wind Symphony right away. I decided to join jazz band my freshman year because it sounded like a lot of fun. I have been in jazz ensemble for two years."

What do you like about jazz band: "I like being able to do the improvisation solos because they are a lot of fun. It's nice also to be the one who is heard the most too as in the regular band you (the saxophone players) are usually in the background. In jazz, we get to do more of the melody and you get to do solos as well."

Do you plan to continue to play after high school graduation: "Yeah, I am planning to attend the University of Minnesota. I am hoping to be in their marching band and audition for their jazz ensemble. It will be more of a hobby. I am going to major in computer science."

Your proudest solo: "I do a couple of solos at every jazz band concert, but one that was really fun one was in honor band this past fall and it had 100 measures and it was really fast. It was a really fun.

"For solo and ensemble, I recently did one that I put a lot of work into it. I also did it for my college audition. That was my best one. It was a French piece by François Devienne. I practiced it four of five days a week during my open hours.

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Play at other venues: "The sax quartet I was in at the solo and ensemble contest have had a few other gigs. We played at the Eagles Club for an open mic and we performed at an Earth Day event and my church's talent show."

Dream job: "It would be cool to play video games for a living."

Favorite TV show: "Big Bang Theory."

Favorite book: "Ender's game."

Favorite subject: Math.

Favorite movie: "Sherlock Holmes."

Favorite band: The Beatles.

Favorite restaurant: Bar Harbor.

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Sports/clubs: Track, swimming and cross country.

Perfect meal: "I really like cheeseburgers with bacon, onions and ketchup."

Something you enjoy: "I like going on mission trips. My most memorable mission trip story was my very first one I went on through my church Lord of Life. We had a couple of people get sick and injured. Some got pneumonia. I was in seventh grade and we went to Sisseton, S.D."

Parents: Mary Aalgaard of Baxter and Bryan Rude of Fargo, ND.

Related Topics: BRAINERD HIGH SCHOOL
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