Clinton High School senior and bassoonist Will Hicks recently performed for his second time in the Iowa All-State Band. Find out more about him in this week’s edition of Meet Your Neighbor.
How was it performing in the All-State Band?
It was fun, definitely a bit nerve racking even for my second time there. It’s definitely a fun experience.
What is your favorite song to play on the bassoon?
My favorite piece to play in general would be “Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song” by Samuel Hazo but my favorite piece from all-state was “Cyrus the Great” by Karl King.
What other instruments do you play?
Besides bassoon, I play bass guitar for the jazz band here (all four years) and then I played bass drum for my first three years of marching band and bass guitar my senior year.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season?
I am going to start working on multiple solos for scholarship auditions. I am planning on going to auditions at the Clinton Symphony as well as do an audition for the Muscatine Symphony. Mainly working on scholarship auditions for both UNI and Western Illinois University, those are my two colleges of choice right now. I wasn’t planning on majoring in music but with how heavily involved I am in music that’s definitely a possibility that may happen.
Is there anything outside of the music world that you want to pursue at college?
If I get the chance to I would like to study abroad maybe in the European countries like France or Germany because those are places my dad traveled to when he was in college for band.
What are you currently reading?
I am currently finishing up “1984” by George Orwell and I am also halfway through reading “Animal Farm,” also by George Orwell.
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