SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School senior Kaid Huwe has been exposed to music for as long as he can remember. He said he remembers his mom singing to him and his brother in the car during road trips and has been playing the trombone for several years, along with dabbling in a few other instruments such as piano, guitar and banjo.
On top of that, Huwe, 17, took an interest in beekeeping a couple of years ago and became involved in the high school’s Future Farmers of America chapter. He started his own local honey-making business, Hap-Bee Honey, and has been selling honey to local buyers for about a year.
After performing in the band for Illinois Association FFA, Huwe said, he immediately ran to relay the news to his mother, Andria Maxwell Bridgett, after he was told this summer that he was selected to play in the FFA National Band next month.
“I was ecstatic, to say the least,” Huwe said.
The National FFA Organization announced that Huwe will be one of 12 students from the Illinois FFA band invited to perform in the national band Oct. 24 through 27 in Indianapolis. There were about 50 students that participated in this year’s state band, said Lori Nelson, spokeswoman for the Illinois Association FFA.
Huwe said he was encouraged by his FFA adviser Kara Poynter to play in the state band and eventually try out for the national band.
Poynter, agriculture teacher and department chair at Sycamore High School, said Huwe was her first student to pursue the state band opportunity and played in it for two years. She said Huwe is the only student of hers that has made the national band in at least a decade, and it will do wonders in building his resume and establishing professional contacts across the country.
Poynter said she commended Huwe for stepping out of his comfort zone and trying something new that would ultimately benefit him in the future.
“Those connections for him are big,” Poynter said. “Not all high school kids would do something like this if their friends weren’t doing it.”
Huwe said he’s looking forward to representing Sycamore on a national platform and showing his gratitude for his family and teachers that have helped support him along the way.
“I feel like I owe it to my community to, at the very least, acknowledge them and say thank you for their support,” Huwe said.