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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Two inducted to arts hall

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  • Music can be a family affair. That is no more obvious or evident by the 2013 Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductions this weekend at Newton High School
    A brother-sister team will be inducted, but not just any brother and sister.
    Jesse Woolery Associate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Bands at Denton High School, Texas, and his sister Danielle Woolery are the children of long-time music department teachers Keith and Donna Woolery at Newton High School.
    "I am truly honored and touched to be inducted into the Fine Arts Booster Club Hall of Fame and I can't imagine anyone else I would rather share this experience with than my brother," Danielle Wollery said.
     Jesse and Danielle will be inducted into the Newton High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame at 2 p.m. Sunday at Newton High School.
    The hall of fame induction is a high note for a family which has made their mark in Newton High School music.
    "The Newton High School music department has been blessed with my parents who have given of themselves tirelessly for roughly the last 30 years," Jesse Woolery said. "I can’t even imagine the impact that has had on the community and the entire music world. I am very proud to continue their legacy."
    While a student at Newton High School, Jesse was active in all areas of music, including musicals, being drum major, being a KMEA All-State musician and winning many other honors. He holds the distinction of being the only student ever to receive seven division one ratings, including both instrumental and vocal entries, during his senior year at the Kansas State High School Activities Association State Music Festival. He was a member of the Wichita Youth Symphony, Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble and was involved in many productions of the Newton Community Theatre. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Music Education from Texas Woman’s University, both located in Denton, Texas. He is currently Associate Director of Bands at Denton High School in Denton, Texas, where he teaches the Symphonic Band and three jazz bands. He also directs the jazz band at Texas Woman's University where he is an Adjunct Instructor of Music. Jesse is director of Bocal Majority Bassoon Camps and Operation O.B.O.E., which holds thirty-five music camps throughout the nation each year and is the Founder and Co-Director of the Chet Baker Educational Jazz Festival. He is married to Libby Quigg and has a daughter, Veni.
    Danielle Woolery is a 2001 graduate of Newton High School. While a student at Newton High School, Danielle was active in all areas of music, including being a drum major, participating in musicals, being a three-year KMEA All-State Musician and receiving many other awards and honors. She was a member of the Wichita Youth Symphony, the Mid-Kansas Jazz Ensemble, the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra and was involved in several Newton Community Theatre productions. She was also a Student Council officer, on the State Board for the International Thespian Conference, a cheerleader for football and basketball, and on the Scholar’s Bowl Team. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance from the University of Miami in Miami, Fla. She is an Assistant Professor of Music at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, where she teaches clarinet and courses in music education and pedagogy. Danielle recently won first place in the International Clarinet Association Research Competition in Assissi, Italy and has given many performances and presentations at the local, regional and international levels. Danielle is married to Orlando Scalia.
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