Quinn Johnson

Poynette sophomore Quinn Johnson beat out nearly 1,000 other students across the state in auditioning for a place in the Wisconsin State Music Association State Honors Band.

Poynette sophomore Quinn Johnson has been selected as a member of the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Honors Band.

Johnson auditioned along with more than 1,400 other fellow high school musicians, and was granted one of the 428 seats. The auditions are notoriously rigorous, and for his, Johnson prepared a solo, and then performed another solo and an etude.

Johnson will join his bandmates in a camp, where the group will rehearse together ahead of a performance next year. Throughout the process, Johnson will have a chance to play with, and learn from, some of the top music students and instructors in the state.

Johnson practiced daily in the month leading up to auditions. He admitted that at first he did not think the audition went very well, but the judges must have thought otherwise, as Johnson was named to the prestigious group.

Johnson plays the bass, an instrument he chose for its versatility.

“When I discovered the bass clarinet, I just really liked the sound,” he said. “I like all the different types of music I can play, it’s a pretty unique instrument.”

Fittingly, Johnson is a pretty unique student, according to his band instructor Joel Ferkovich.

“Quinn is highly motivated music student and has high expectations for himself,” Ferkovich said. Johnson serves as an excellent role model to other students in band, Ferkovich added.

“(He) has a growth mindset and that is going to serve him well in his future journeys.”

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