Laying down Celtic tracks

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior Jonathon Wheeler got his first wireless microphone when he was in fourth grade. He connected it with his keyboard and it worked beautifully. Eventually though, it gave out. When he returned to the store for a replacement they only had wired mics. He brought one home and plugged it in only to discover that one wouldn’t work. “My mom took me to Uptown Music and Shane Hall showed me the equipment that I needed. So I got a small mixer and it had all these knobs and I just got into it by experimenting with it,” said Wheeler. Wheeler is now one of three students – seniors Juan Fonzeca and Jessica Moore are the other two -– at the school whose contributions to the fine arts go largely unseen but effect the overall quality of everything from theatre productions to concert performances and podcasts to music albums. “I’ve always loved music, but I’ve never considered myself a star. With this, I’m still enjoying doing what I love and I just work behind the scenes,” said Fonzeca. “The concert wouldn’t be the concert and the musical wouldn’t be the musical if it weren’t for us.” While Wheeler got an early start in the field, Moore and Fonzeca were pushed into a trial by fire their sophomore years. “I’ve always...

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