“A band is only as good as its euphonium section,” John Philip Sousa once said. Junior and Artist of the Month, Connor DeWalt would agree.
DeWalt is the first chair baritone in the OHS Wind Ensemble which he has been a part of since his sophomore year. He has been playing since the third grade. One of DeWalt’s biggest challenges as a musician was the transition from Symphonic Band to Wind Ensemble. The Wind Ensemble’s music is more demanding and requires more practice. Fellow baritone player, senior Lisa Gibbs says, “He is a good section leader, we work very well together and I enjoy his company.”
He is in two choirs: the Concert Choir and OPUS, one of the jazz choirs. He has been singing since the fifth grade when he joined Friendly City Sound. Unlike band, he joined because he enjoyed singing, not because his mom made him. The jazz choir has changed a lot, but it is still something he loves to be a part of.
Recently, DeWalt went to All State for Jazz Choir, a concert with the best high school musicians in the state. “It was the best musical experience I’ve ever had by far,” DeWalt said. This has been one of his high school goals. “Ever since freshman year it has been a dream of mine and realizing it as a junior gives me one more year to relive it,” DeWalt said. His biggest influences have been all of the music directors that he has worked with, whether it be band or choir.
He is also in the Drama Club, which makes him an artist of many trades. He has participated in six plays and has had a leading role in several of them. He started as man number two in “The Music Man” and this year was Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.”
DeWalt is a well-rounded musician, actor and student. He does not plan to continue music in college, he plans to study engineering. But he says if the opportunity presents itself, he will certainly take it.