Preeceville youth looks to promising musical career

Jillian Newton, a Preeceville Grade 10 student, appears to have a promising music career ahead of her as a flute player. Newton was invited to the University of Regina High School Honour band weekend on January 31 to February 2. She is the daughter of Darin and Lori Newton of Preeceville.

Newton was selected as one of 107 students across the province who hold the highest marks in band. Her band instructor Nathan Seghers had recommended Newton to the selection panel.

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"This was the second time that I was selected to play at the high school honour band weekend. The first time was last year in Saskatoon," said Newton. "It was a great honour to be selected to play with such a high calibre of other high school music students. It was great to work together with nine other flute players. The opportunity to be able to learn from great instructors and challenge myself to become a better player was huge.”

Newton first picked up the flute when she joined band in Grade 6. She excelled very quickly and in one year she jumped from playing as a beginner band student to a senior band student.

She has played solo performances at local events and attended Saskatchewan Band Camps, as well as the high school honour band weekend.

Newton also enjoys dancing and is looking forward to a future career as a flute player.