Tri-M started off the 2018-2019 school year with the induction of new members. Each year people from band, orchestra and choir all try out to be a part of the Shawano Community High School Tri-M Music Honor Society.
This year, 12 new members were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society. On November 6, the members attended an induction ceremony at Shawano Community High School to officially admit them in the club
“We are going to the high school auditorium to receive a certificate, a membership card and a pin. Afterwards, we are all going out to eat at Luigi’s for dinner,” sophomore Haley Sheldon said.
Junior Amy Quinn, a second year Tri-M member, explained how people audition to be a part of the club.
“Every year there is a letter sent out to eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors for Tri-M. There is a form where you fill out what clubs you’re in and what years, and you have to get it signed off by a teacher, and if you’re in sports you have to get it signed off by your coach and all of that. Then you get that handed in, and then you sign up for an audition time. [The audition] is on a set day, and everybody auditions all in one day. Then after that, they go through and decide who gets in,” Quinn said.
The members in Tri-M have to maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and show their dedication to the club by doing community service projects and volunteer work that pertain to music.
Quinn elaborated, “We go throughout the community and play music. I know last year we went to Charlie’s County Market, and we stood at the entrance and played Christmas songs during Christmas time. We go to nursing homes, and we play for them sometimes. We went to Hillcrest last year for their culture day, and we played different songs for them.”
Tri-M helps spread music throughout the school and throughout the community by getting people involved and engaged with the music. It allows people a chance to experience music that they may not have had the opportunity to experience otherwise.
“We host music week towards the end of the school year, and it’s just to help kids get involved in music or get them interested and maybe want to check it out. If you’re a junior and you want to start playing the flute or something and you’ve never played an instrument before, people are willing to teach you, and you can just get into band. The big thing is getting the school involved in music,” Quinn said.
Tri-M gives students character and leadership opportunities, as well as the opportunity to share their musical talents with the community. This club also brings the students and our school closer together.
“It’s kind of like a close knit family almost, and it’s the people who are truly dedicated to music, and everyone there is really dedicated to what they’re doing,” Quinn said.