Wetmore student attends unique summer school

Submitted by Faith Bratcher, WHS Student Correspondent

Summer time usually means relaxation, time off from school. However, one Wetmore High School junior spent his summer in Southern California learning ins and outs of the music industry.

Seth Shumaker, son of Tracey and Brad Shumaker, attended the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Calif., from June 26 through June 30. Shumaker, who plays guitar, said his daily schedule was “pretty hectic and scattered.”

There were different classes every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

S. Shumaker enjoyed the time he had learning more on the guitar, and he hopes to become a professional musician.

“I was watching an interview on YouTube in which one of my favorite bands, Falling In Reverse, was talking to Michigan students about the California Institute. This particular school interested me,” he said.

S. Shumaker’s instructor was Stig Mathisen, the director of Musicians Institute.

While there, he learned “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Shumaker and his instructor also came up with their own song they called, “Money.”

Of his experience, S. Shumaker said, “If I had the chance, I’d never get back on the plane to go home.“

S. Shumaker said he realizes that his education in the music industry is just beginning.

“I learned I need to listen to more blues, jazz and extreme metal. There’s much more to music than meets the eye,” he said.

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