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Mr. Boughter Interview

Colin L., Contributor

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This Wednesday, an interview of last year’s teacher of the year took place, also known as the Parks Orchestra/Band conductor; he is an amazing part of the Parks staff for quite a while. Who is this outstanding musician? Mr. Boughter! Mr. Boughter has been teaching for 13 years at Nicholas Jr.High, PJHS, and several other schools. He is overall a great teacher and a conductor. The following are questions and answers from the interview:

Q: Why did you decide to conduct an orchestra/band for junior high?

A: I love Junior High kids and I think it’s a great age. High School kids are great but Junior High students are more willing to learn.

Q: What are some pros and cons of conducting an orchestra/band full of junior high students?

A: The cons are that you only get to see them for 2 years unlike high schools where you get to see the students for 4 years. The pros are that the job is really enjoyable. There isn’t many jobs where you get to interact and work with kids. I also enjoy taking students out to field trips.

Q: What is your favorite instrument and why?

A: The guitar and the trumpet because I play them professionally and it’s my two primary instruments.

Q: What was the craziest thing that happened to you while conducting an orchestra/band?

A: We had a performance and so many people came that the fire department came during the middle of the concert and ordered everybody to leave.

Q: What is your favorite music genre and why?

A: My favorite music genre is Jazz. I went to the Berkeley College of Music, a world famous music school. I played Jazz music and I got my degree there.

Q: How did you get into conducting?

A: I got into conducting at Pacific Drive Elementary School. I conducted there and knew that conducting junior high kids was what I wanted to do.

Q: What is a piece you hope to conduct in the future with the Parks band/orchestra?

A: The devorka. It will be very challenging for the students but I’m sure they can do it.

Q: What is your favorite field trip of the year?

A: The USC trip

Q: Do you conduct at any other places other than Parks?

A: I conduct an adult choir at Wilshire Avenue Church and teach at five other schools, mostly elementary schools.

Thank you, Mr. Boughter for making music a fun and great learning experience here at Parks!


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  1. Justin Pan on February 2nd, 2018 12:13 pm

    Dear , Panther Press
    I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy the things you post. I also wanted to point out that in the first sentence Orchestra is spelled incorrectly.

    Sincerely, Justin Pan


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