Joe Wilkins, sophmore at St. Charles High School, has loved music from a very early age. He started out at the age of 5 playing the piano and taking private lessons until 6th grade when he joined band and could not wait. He started off for a short time playing the trumpet, and then found his nitch playing the tuba (and sousaphone). Through middle and high school, he continues to reach to the next level with his musical interests and skill. This summer he began practicing for his audition in September with The Saginaw Bay Youth Symphony Orchestra, an elite group of advanced high school musicians. After the audition was over, the lead conductor followed Joe out to let him know that he would, “love to have him as part of the Youth Symphony Orchestra”. Joe practices every Sunday at the Temple Theatre and has 3 concerts at the Temple throughout the school year, the last one performing with the adults from The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. This is a huge honor and accomplishment for Joe. High School Band Director, John Andrusiak helped Joe prepare for his audition on his own time, and has been instrumental in shaping Joe into the musician he is today. In addition, Joe is: Leader of the St. Charles Marching Band, Captain of the Brass Section, participates in Pep Band, Stage Band and Honors Band. He attended a CMU workshop last year where he worked with CMU Marching Band Leaders and learned specific tuba techniques. He has played numerous Veterans Day Concerts and parades where he has had the honor of playing “Taps” as part of the ceremony. Joe also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joe is active in The St. Charles Drama Club and ran Cross Country as a freshman and is interested in pursuing golf this year. He plans to attend Interlochan next summer.