Travis Valdez, Whitmer H.S., Student of the Week.
School subject: Music, band
Extracurricular activity: Marching band
Hobbies: Composing music
Store: Men's Warehouse
Musical artist: Paul Desmond
TV show: Family Guy
Cafeteria food must-have: Fresh chocolate chip cookies
Last book read that wasn't required: A Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Improvisation
Pet peeve: Alarm clocks
Person most admired: Dave Brubeck
Person I'd like to meet: John Williams (composer)
Items always in my locker: Practice pad/drumsticks
First job: N/A
Top accomplishment: Getting accepted into Bowling Green State University's college of musical arts.
After-graduation plans: I plan to study composition and jazz saxophone at Bowling Green State University hoping to become a professional composer and film scorer.
Career goal: To compose and perform my own music professionally.
Quote from teacher: "Travis has exhibited dedication and diligence in his work for the Whitmer Band Program," said Justin Rhoades, music teacher. "As a saxophonist, percussionist, composer, and leader, he has a tenacity for excellence that is rare for a musician of his age. He is an outstanding student."
-- Information is compiled by Lucas County Educational Service Center for The Blade.
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