Student artist in the spotlight: Hezekiah Bodine

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2005

Age: 13

Grade: 8

School: Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School

Art of choice: Hezekiah is a string bassist in the Dzantik'i Heeni Advanced Orchestra, the Juneau Student Symphonia, and played for King Island Christmas.

How long: Three years.

Why: "I chose bass because it's really big and plays a really deep sound, and basses get to play a lot of jazz. Also my older brother and sister started playing bass so I got to hear how good it was."

Favorite artists: Mr. Murphy, who originally taught him bass; Mr. Unzicker, his current music teacher; and Mr. Trostal, the conductor of the student symphony and symphonia.

Other favorites: Picasso, fantasy literature, such as the Harry Potter and Dungeons and Dragons book series.

Future art plans: With a new interest in the cello, he will be doubling on cello and string bass in the spring semester.

Future plans: "I plan to be a musician as a side job. If musicians in the Middle Ages were an example, they were generally dirt poor and generally had to beg for food. So maybe I'll be a music teacher so that I can get an almost decent income."

What if: "The wackiest thing an artist could do would be making a sculpture with spare car, spare TV and computer parts in a refined museum."

His teacher, John Unzicker, says: "Hezekiah is dedicated to practicing and studying his instrument. He has self-motivation and takes it upon himself to find his own transportation to community musical rehearsals."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

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