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SYSK: Band director Bob Huinker teaches more than music


Bob Huinker directs the 6th grade and high school bands at Turkey Valley School in Waucoma. But ask any student, Huinker teachers much more than how to play an instrument.

"Through my band experience I've really learned a lot of discipline, perseverance and also confidence. Playing an instrument in front of people takes a lot of confidence, and I learned that through Mr. Huinker," said senior Christine Boyer.

After 30 years, Mr. Huinker is set to retire at the end of this school year.

The senior band students nominated Huinker as "Someone You Should Know."

"We think he deserves recognition for the dedication he's had to our band program here at turkey valley for the last 30 years."

"it makes me feel good they look at this as a positive experience. I guess I feel honored because they thought of me that way."

During this class period, the students are preparing for solo/ensemble contest.

There are ten ensemble groups and 27 out of the 32 high school band students are performing solos.

"Mr. Huinker is the reason the Turkey Valley bands have excelled for so many years, and that's because he demands excellence. Everyone reaches their full potential in band because he pushes us to do that," said Christine Boyer.

Bob Huinker said he most enjoys seeing his students grow, as musicians and as young men and women.

"I'd like them to be independent and be successful, so that's what motivates us," he said.

Huinker teaches his students that you can't always have instant gratification. You get out of something what you put into it.

"My whole approach to this job is I want to maintain it, and make it as good as I can so we've tried to be consistent over the years. The kids bought into that so it really has worked," said Huinker.

Students said band won't be the same without Mr. Huinker, but they're grateful for the music and life lessons they've learned.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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