BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn - The conductor raises his baton and like many other students in the band room, Park Center senior Sean Payette purses his lips. Settled under the weight of his white tuba, Sean Payette is at home.
"There's a lot of stress in high school, everyone knows that", says Sean. "And being in band and being in music helps me just really relax, it has gotten me so many good friends, so, that alone just really helps relieve the stress that comes along with trying to be a great student."
And, Sean Payette is definitely a great student. A candidate for diploma in Park Center's rigorous International Baccalaureate program, Sean carries a 3.8 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and the captain of the mock trial team.
"Music is his passion", says Mike Cassidy, the Coordinator for Park Center's I.B. Program. "But, it's just one case of his passions. He's involved in his church, his community, just a real solid kid."
Sean also received a rare honor by being named drum major for the Pirates prestigious marching band as a junior.
Sean says, there is a direct link between his academic achievements and his love of music, and it's a bond he plans on keeping for as long as he can.
Says Sean, "The band program has really left an impact on me and my life, and I want to give that experience to other kids and become a band teacher myself."
To make that happen, Sean is already set to attend Concordia University in the fall, and once Sean completes his IB program, he'll already be a sophomore, in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in music education.
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