March exhibit explores history of Sandy High School music program

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - In the display is a copy of the state song, "Oregon, My Oregon," which was first performed at the capital by the Sandy High School band. 
The Sandy Area Historical Society has displayed its March exhibit in anticipation of its May 20 Sandy High School (SHS) centennial celebration.

This month's showcase celebrates the history of the SHS music program, with informative displays about well-known musical alumni and recovered instruments and band uniforms from past classes.

One of the two alumni featured is late Disney composer George Bruns, who graduated from Sandy High in 1932. Bruns was Oscar-nominated four times in his career and contributed many songs to Disney productions such as the "Mickey Mouse Club."

Exhibit co-organizer Doug Castle, class of 1968, says Bruns "in his heyday" wrote more than 200 singing commercials for Portland radio. Castle was in the Sandy High School choir during his high school career.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - George Bruns was an SHS alumnus of the class of 1932 and famous composer for Disney. Henry Henniger, class of 1998, also is featured in the exhibit. Henniger, who received his master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, has held the position of assistant professor of trombone at University of Oregon since 2010, while remaining highly in demand as a performer and clinician.

Also on display is a copy of the state song, "Oregon, My Oregon," which was first performed at the Oregon Capitol by the Sandy High School band.

The purpose of the exhibits is to excite the community and inform the public more about SHS history in advance of the celebration.

Organizers and history enthusiasts Castle and Marge Stewart, class of 1965, are both excited about the anniversary event.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Both organizers of the March music exhibit are musicians. "I'm looking forward it being a celebration of the graduating classes," Castle explains. "Part of the reason of this (event) is to show how students have thrived here through the years."

The exhibit is now on display at Sandy High School, 37400 Bell St., and will make its way around town through March.

"Before the big day, they hope to add to their exhibits, making sure to encompass all of the fine arts," Castle says.

"I hope we hear other people's stories and get more documentation," Stewart adds.

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