Greywolf students are playing for the future

Three fifth-grade students from Greywolf Elementary were given a unique venue to play.

Jared Brauner, Christian Diaz and Eric Anderson performed June 5 at Sequim High School for band director Vern Fosket's AP Music Theory course.

The boys' music teacher Virginia Wuebold asked Fosket to hear them play because she felt they showed promise for their age playing the piano and recorder.

"In my opinion, they are very advanced," Wuebold said.

"Vern should definitely hear what's happening at the elementary level."

Brauner and Diaz began the class by playing two songs on the recorder. Anderson and Brauner ended the period playing one song each on the piano.

They said they were nervous but played their songs smoothly. The performances all were met with applause.

Fosket let the boys listen to his class' compositions, which they have worked on through the semester.

Anderson said he is composing music at home on his computer. He has finished one song and is finishing several songs for classmates who are designing a video game.

Each song is less than one minute long and designed for various parts of the game such as the menu screen, player select and in-game play.

Brauner and Diaz also are beginning composition on the computer.

All three students have committed to learning and playing the clarinet next year at Sequim Middle School.

Each said he wants to continue music through high school.

"I see them going on to arranging music for commercials, Disney or whatever," Wuebold said.

"I also see them playing for Vern's jazz band."

Diaz's mother, Christine, said she and the other boys' parents are looking for summer music programs but they are having a hard time finding programs catering to younger students.

She said they would continue private lessons.

"I think for aspiring musicians, it's all about finding as many opportunities as possible," Fosket said.

"These guys are taking lessons, which is a great place to start."

Anderson has played the piano for one and a-half years and Brauner and Diaz have played the recorder for two years.

Each week, the three boys come to school early for practice.

"I hope they stick with it because they could start a quartet or a trio at least," Wuebold said.

"If they hone their skills and play together, they could go far."

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