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Rocking Around the World
Jacqueline Boland '14
John Walsh ’17 may be new to high school, but he isn’t novel when it comes to SI’s music scene. As an eighth grader, John was asked to play the tuba for our school’s orchestra after his sister, Florence Walsh ’14, revealed his talent to Dr. C. He admits that the invitation made him “incredibly nervous...but after a while I got more comfortable and it turned out to be a great opportunity to meet some new people.” However, John’s musical endeavors do not end here.
As part of the San Francisco Boys Chorus, he’s traveled to Russia, Finland, and Denmark to perform and has also participated in two operas with the San Francisco Opera Company: The Magic Flute and Carmen. When not globetrotting, John spends his time running cross-country for SI and playing the trombone for orchestra. John also shared with me that his switch to the trombone stemmed from “really just liking the bass brass sound without the trouble of carrying a giant instrument around.” John Walsh’s music tastes include love of singing any genre -- from hard rock to classical.
Since sports motivate him as much as music, John hopes to join either the baseball, volleyball, or crew team at St. Ignatius. As I looked into his bright future, I asked about his bucket list and learned that he desires to “travel to each continent at least once, with the exception of Antarctica.” While we can’t wait to see John make his footprint on nearly every inch of this earth, we are glad he’s focused on succeeding at 2001 37th Avenue for now.
Freshman John Walsh '17 displays many talents
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