Schrock pursues music throughout high school

Schrock pursues music throughout high school

Akriti Saxena, Business Manager

       High school is a period of time students can use to discover music and dedicate an entire class period to master an instrument. In the case of senior Gretchen Schrock, playing music occupies much of her day in and out of school.

       Schrock began playing the clarinet in the sixth grade, when it was introduced by her mother who had played the instrument in school. Along with playing clarinet in the North Dakota State University Clarinet Choir, playing saxophone during jazz band and taking guitar class, Schrock has also played keyboard for the school musical “Once Upon A Mattress.”

       “The school musicals that I have participated in have helped me grow as a musician and learn valuable life skills such as time management and independence,” Schrock said.

        Schrock also credits her time spent involved with the community towards her love for band. She has participated in the community events that the West Fargo High bands play for, including performing patriotic pieces at the VFW for the veterans and their families.

       “My classmates in band class are very kind people and our band director Mrs. Jordahl makes class enjoyable and enriching. These elements strongly motivate me to continue in band,” Schrock said.

       As for her future, Schrock plans to keep music in her life.

       “I don’t think it will be my career,” Schrock said. “But I hope to continue to be involved with music during college and the rest of my life.”