By Ryan Quinlan
For the Troy Daily News
TROY — Troy Band students had a unique experience last Friday; the chance to hear a performance by the Wright Winds Woodwind Quintet, a group of career musicians based out of Wright State University. They consist of Dr. Christopher Chaffee playing the flute, Kathy deGruchy playing the oboe, John Kurokawa playing the clarinet, Bill Jobert playing the bassoon, and Jonas Thoms playing the French horn.
Troy High School Band Director Mrs. Kathy McIntosh said they were approached by the quintet, who offered to put on a brief show for the students.
“Of course, we said ‘yes.’ It was a great opportunity for students to see some professional musicians perform,” she said.
Students attending the performance were excited about it as well.
“I was really excited for it, because the lead bassoon instructor of Wright State was playing,” said senior Cassie Roache.
Bill Jobert commented that the Woodwind Quintet visits about seven or eight schools per year.
“We definitely look for strong music programs so that we know students will be interested in the performance and what we have to offer,” Jobert added.
After the lively and energetic performance, the quintet spoke to the students about their careers in music and what opportunities were presented to them. Christopher Chaffee used humor to relate to the students.
“I have a little silver tube that goes toot toot and people pay me to hear that,” he said with a chuckle.
Above all else, the group hopes that they will set an example for the students.
“It’s good to give them an example, some proof of how music can become a career,” said Jobert.
The Woodwind Quintet collectively shares a passion for sharing their experiences with the youth, and hopes to continue inspiring students for many years to come.
Ryan Quinlan is a senior Trojan Tempo staff writer