Student Spotlight: Mikki Gifford

By: Allie Schutt Senior Co-Editor

There are many ways to describe Mikki Gifford; an excellent musician is one of them. Mikki is highly involved in all of the music programs at Eisenhower. She is in choir, band, and orchestra. Recently, she received first chair, first coronet at Region Band, which qualified her for State Band. Mikki traveled to Hershey for the PIAA State Band competition on April 2, 2016. The Squire sat down with Mikki to ask her some questions.

TS: How did you qualify for state band?

MG: Mr. N. enrolled me in district band. I received second chair, first coronet, and qualified for region band. There, I was awarded first chair, first coronet, and that position then qualified me for State Band.

TS: How was your experience?

MG: It was a great experience. Once, at one in the morning, the fire alarms went off in the hotel and we stood outside for an hour in the cold.

TS: How is State Band different than districts and/or regions?

MG: I went to the wind ensemble State Band. The wind ensemble was half the size of districts and regions.

TS: How long have you been playing the trumpet?

MG: I’ve been playing the trumpet since the end of 7th grade.

TS: What do you do when you’re not practicing?

MG: When I’m not practicing, I am sleeping, watching Grey’s Anatomy, playing Neko Atsume, or fangirling over One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.

TS: What other instruments do you play?

MG: I also play the cello, violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, and a little clarinet.

TS: Do you have any talents other than music?

MG: I can wiggle my ears.

TS: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

MG: I’d like to teleport so I could hang out with my bae, Michael Clifford.

Mikki is a very musical student. She placed 2nd chair at State Band and will be returning next year as a senior. Be sure to tell Mikki congrats when you see her in the hallways. Congratulations on all of your achievements, Mikki! Good luck in all you do!

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