By Martha Frost: QCS staff
Logan Schools got a brand new band — and they want to be playing Tucumcari’s song and House’s song and the songs for Santa Rosa and San Jon — as well as their own.
That’s right, band leader Andrea Rinestine is asking all the schools Logan competes with to send them the sheet music to their school or fight song so she can teach it to her band, the Horns.
The Horns see playing the opponents’ as well as their own school song at home games as a way of promoting sportsmanship and school spirit, she said.
Rinestine herself has long been promoting — and making — music. After picking up the flute at the age of 3, Rinestine said she’s played every instrument in the band, including the tuba, which she played in high school at New Lisbon, Wisconsin.
When she started a music program for Logan this summer, Rinestine said she had slim pickings. Instruments included two trumpets and two flutes, with a few leftover instruments that had been lying around for 19 years since Logan last had a band.
Rinestine said she penned a request to the McMullen Foundation to help Logan make some music. Grant Morper, the chairman of the foundation, played in the Logan band in the 1950s and the Horns ended up with more than $2,500 for instruments and uniforms.
With new instruments, new uniforms and band practice set for the fall, the 17 members of the Horns are ready to roll — almost.
Many of the students are inexperienced, Rinestine said, so she is starting them slowly — like with learning to blow in a mouthpiece.
Eighth-grader Mariah Ciemny, who came from Dalhart to Logan this year, hopes to play the trombone. She said she played snare drum in Clayton but would be new to the sliding horn. But she said she’s ready to give it a whirl at games and pep rallies.
“Logan students don’t have to choose between sports and band,” she said. “They can do both.”
Clarinet player Bethany Claypool, who is new to Logan this year from Anton, Texas, already has some experience with her instrument since her mother also played clarinet.
Claypool said she may not even mind playing the weirdest instrument in the band, the Sousaphone.
“It’s probably too heavy for me to carry,” she said.
In addition to the Sousaphone, Rinestine said her band now includes flute, alto and bass clarinet, trombone, saxophone and baritone saxophone, snare drum, trumpet, and a mellophone and baritone, two types of horns.