Performer Spotlight: Jackson Smith talks about concert band


Photo by Leslie Fireman

Sophomore Jackson Smith is a member of WEGO’s concert band and this week’s highlighted performer.

By Daniel Kuriakose and Adan Villa

How many years have you been involved in band?

This is my first year in concert band one. Due to the quarantine last year, I was in concert band two.

How did you get into band?

It’s mainly just a lot of playing. I’ve been playing music for about six years. I started in fifth grade, and now I’m here.

What do you like best about band?

Definitely just playing, in general. Our teacher is very nice and lenient, and good at explaining stuff. We get good materials on the play.

Who has really mentored you as a performer?

Besides our teacher, it was Mr. Turek. He was my middle school teacher. And another person in percussion, Niku Myers, has definitely been a helper.

What is next for you (in high school, college or beyond)?

I intend on continuing band in general, probably doing marching and stuff like that for the rest of high school. And [I’ll] probably get a scholarship in it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do afterward though.

What kind of instrument do you play?

I play percussion. Marching, I play snare, and I play everything else in concert.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I intend on being a toxicologist. Something in the medical field. That is what I look forward to.