By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

PBHS music honor society inducts new members


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

The Pine Bluffs High School Tri-M Music Honor Society. Front row left to right: Brandon Steege, Scout Pachel, Amber Abrams, Syndie Fornstrom, Alayna Oakes and Jason Weller. Back row left to right: Samuel Garcia, Taylor Crouse, Hyleigh Fornstrom, Dylan Sweeter and Matt Morrison.

The Pine Bluffs music department held its music banquet on April 24 at the high school commons. The evening included a pot luck meal following the induction of new members to the Pine Bluffs Tri-M Music Honor Society, the senior recognition of Kailin Butler and Brandon Steege who received the Tri-M senior stoll and chord for graduation. There was also the presentation of festival solo/ensemble certificates for students in music grades 7-12.

Amber Abrams, Hyleigh Fornstrom, Syndie Fornstrom, Matthew Morrison, Alayna Oakes and Dylan Sweeter were the new inductees in the Tri-M Music Honor Society. They had been carefully selected on the basis of scholarship, character, leadership and service.

Freshman Alayna Oakes is the daughter of Joshua and Heather Oakes. She comes from a musical family, with relatives who sang in choirs as youths.

"My family's like really musical. Basically everyone in my family has some part in music," Oakes said.

She sings in the PBHS choir and also plays the clarinet. She would like to continue with music as an instructor.

"I kind of want to be a music teacher, an elementary music teacher," Oakes said.

The new inductees were nominated by teachers and current Tri-M members of the high school. Tri-M is a nationally recognized honor society supporting music education. Tri-M stands for Modern Music Masters.

Freshman Amber Abrams stated that music is a special way in which one can express themselves.

"You can express yourself in a way that's unlike any other," Abrams said.

Matthew Morrison, sophomore, is the son of Joe and Debby Morrison. Morrison stated that he has no athletic talent, but found that, in music, he does.

He, however, offers his support of the schools teams by playing the drums and other percussive instruments for the pep band.

"Wasn't good at sports. Found a band, was pretty good at that. I stuck with it," Morrison said."And at home I have a bass guitar that I play."

He has hopes to pursue a career in music. If nothing else, he would like to teach music.

"I could do that. Anything to do with music," Morrison said. "It doesn't have to be making music, as long as music is involved."

"I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with these amazing ladies and gentlemen. They are true leaders in our school and in the music program. They help me to provide quality music to our school and for our community," said Misty Curtis, PBHS music teacher.


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