Arts Without Boundaries, a Montana nonprofit group promoting the arts in secondary schools, is honoring outstanding high school seniors with $100 awards for their contribution to the arts. The Billings Gazette’s Enjoy will feature one of the recipients each week.
Name: Grace Lamdin
School: Senior High
Arts involvement: Band and orchestra
Explain how band and orchestra have had an impact on you and your scholastic success: My extensive history in jazz band, violin lessons, and orchestra rehearsals have caused my brain to completely rewire itself. I now learn best when there is music playing in the background or in my head. Making songs to help memorize things at school is now the most effective way for me to learn. Music has opened up the creative half of my brain, and through practice of my instruments, I have learned the importance of repetition.
What influence will band and orchestra have on your future? Music has become my passion, so even if I don’t follow my No. 1 career choice (orchestra conductor), I will still involve myself in as many musical areas as possible. In the work place, for example, I can imagine myself jamming out to tunes, infusing everything I do with musical themes, and participating in musical ensembles and activities.
How has music helped you contribute to your school and/or your community? Throughout Senior High and even the city of Billings, I am known as ‘Grace on Bass.” My participation in Senior High’s orchestra and jazz band have enhanced these ensembles and my participation in Maxie Ford and the Billings Youth Orchestra have helped put a spotlight on the young musicians of Billings.