Brianna is a bubbly bari saxophone player. It all started with the clarinet and private lessons with Kelly Rehnberg, and later when she started junior high school at John Deere Middle School she was asked by Mr. Comella to switch to the bari sax. She said at the time she had no idea of the baritone saxophone’s massive size or the amount of enjoyment she would have playing it. She took off with the bari under Megan Bartlett’s instruction. In just under a year, she has mastered her chromatic scale as well as all of her IMEA scales and her teacher Megan believes she will be a shoe-in for the district band this year. A student with a full-plate, she is involved in John Deere’s softball team on top of concert band, jazz band, marching band and choir.
Brianna has many successes in her past including being recognized with the outstanding musical achievement award, the Hazel Van Arsdale Award, during her first year of clarinet performance at Hamilton Elementary School.
During this year’s Parking Lot Jam she performed not one, but TWO songs on the bari sax. Brianna enjoyed playing "Final Countdown" the most, but also added some great melody lines to "What Does the Fox Say?"
Brianna's favorite musician is John Coltrane. Her advice to other musicians is to practice! (Probably the best advice any musician can give.) When she's not out participating in her many extra-curricular activities she enjoys eating Happy Joe's cheese pizza or hanging out with her two dogs Sadie and Callie.
One thing many people may not know about Brianna is that she actually comes from a very musical family! Her grandparents, Jerry and Carol Stratton originally met while performing in night-clubs in 1967. Both Jerry and Carol play guitar and bass. Her father plays a mean air-guitar and her mother sings.
The family at West Music, her family, friends and teachers are all proud of her and look forward to watching her musical future grow. Way to go, Brianna!