'Garage Band' class at Williston High School lets students come together

Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 8:59 PM CST
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Williston High School is taking rock music to a whole new level.

"I really like it because I like to listen to the music that we play in there," said Bastian Doney, Williston High School Senior.

"Garage Band" is a performance-based class that allows students to incorporate their musical talents into the curriculum.

"We thought what a cool chance to meet these kids where they are and bring it into a classroom setting where we can do some direct instruction and get them to learn more about their instruments and more about the music," said Eric Rooke, Williston High School director of bands.

Playing classical rock music isn't the only thing these band members love. Sharing a passion for the music and learning from one another is what makes the class unique.

"People like me who really don't have the resources like play with people all the time because if you don't have a drum set to play live with people and jam because I feel you get a lot of experience and skills from doing that so this helps a lot, “said William Burkhalter, Williston High School Senior.

With so many great reviews from the class, members are hopeful it’s here to stay.

"It will be really cool if they keep doing it for the kids next year and the year after that," said Doney.

Stepping away from learning in the books is any student's dream.

"This class makes me enjoy coming to school every day," said Burkhalter.

Especially when you no longer have to skip a beat when being in class.

A Mid-Winter band concert will be held at the school on Monday Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. For more information, you can go online to and click on the activities tab.