An Interview with Mr. Buford

We interviewed Mr. Buford, the head of the WHS choral department, in order to learn about his goals for the program and why/how it is so special, as well as how his background contributes to the way he teaches.  

Q: What type of community did you grow up in?

A: I grew up in a desert suburb of Las Vegas to the west of the Strip. I didn’t gamble a lot or live in a hotel, which is what people tend to ask. Nowadays, it is kind of like a melting pot of culture, because many people move there and not many are from there. As a kid or a teenager, you don’t really think about stuff like that, it just seems normal.

Q: When were you first interested in music?

A: Probably in high school. My choir teacher was very encouraging and [because] I went to a performing arts school… we had choir twice a day, so it was assumed that you would major in music.

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Banksy Artwork “Self-Destructs” at Auction


Art collectors were left shocked on October 5th when a Banksy painting shredded itself in front of their eyes just seconds after being auctioned off for $1.4 million dollars at the Sotheby auction. The spray-painted piece titled “Girl with Balloon” was destroyed by a shredder that had been embedded in the frame by the infamous painter.

Banksy, who remains an anonymous England-based street painter, is most well-known for his satirical graffiti that depict powerful social commentary about the current state of the world. Through Banksy’s social media, it is clear that the shredding of the painting was very intentional, however, whether it was specifically for the Sotheby auction or not is hard to say. On the same day of the auction, Banksy, who rarely uses social media, posted a photo of half of the painting being shredded to pieces, along with the caption “Going, going, gone” on his Instagram account.

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Review: Hamilton the Musical at the Boston Opera House


When Hamilton became popular a few years ago, it slipped completely under my radar. Difficult to imagine, I know, especially for someone who generally enjoys musicals. But up until recently, I had never even given the cast recording a full listen. As a result, I went into the Boston Opera House's production of the show not entirely sure what to expect. Whatever expectations I did have, they certainly did not include Thomas Jefferson doing a Dougie on stage.

Even before the show had formally started, the cast was doing their best to entertain and amuse. A short pre-show statement about cell phone usage and recording was performed by cast member Alexander Ferguson in character as King George. As the opening number began, it would prove to be the only moment of relaxation before the end of the first act.

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