“Central is a place where you can pursue all your interests.”
埃德·亨宁20 是中央学院的乡村音乐明星吗. He plays fiddle, mandolin and keyboards and sings backup for 泰勒·里奇顿和高级银行男孩. The band just won Iowa Country Song of the Year from KBOE 104.9 FM with their original, “God Bless the Workin’ Man.” The song was also a contender for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year Awards at the 2019 Midwest CMAs. Yes, that’s just one level away from the “Big” CMAs with Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and friends. The High Bank Boys already have opened for John Michael Montgomery, Locash, 高谷, 乔丹·戴维斯和布雷特·杨.
Henning has been playing music since he was four years old, when his mother noticed him “sawing away with his arms like he was playing a violin,”他说. She enrolled him in classical violin lessons at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he excelled in playing classical music throughout grade school.
Between his freshman and sophomore years of high school, Henning traveled with the Preucil School String 管弦乐队 to perform orchestral music in Beijing, 天津、秦皇岛, 中国. The Preucil 管弦乐队 even performed on the Great Wall of 中国 for an audience that included the first lady of 中国. 在他从中国回来之后, Henning went on to perform in Indianapolis with the Music For All Honor 管弦乐队 and in New York City with the 2014 Carnegie Hall Honors 管弦乐队.
作为哈特威克-拉多拉-维克多高中的高三学生, friends from nearby Montezuma High School asked Henning if he’d be interested in playing country music with their newly formed band, 泰勒·里奇顿和高级银行男孩. Henning grew up listening to country and after playing a trial session joined the band the summer before his freshman year at Central. “The only difference between a violin and a fiddle is that a violin has ‘strings’ and a fiddle has ‘strangs,“亨宁笑话.
Henning knew he wanted a small school, one where he wouldn’t be just a number. Central的社区与他产生了共鸣. “你访问的每一所大学, 他们都说他们就像一家人,”亨宁说, “but Central was the only one that really felt like that.”
亨宁从六年级开始踢足球, and he was impressed that at Central he could be both a musician and an athlete. The music and athletic departments of every other school Henning visited tried to persuade him to choose one passion over the other. Central was the only school whose programs each encouraged him to play both in the orchestra and on the 足球 field.
现在, Henning practices with the High Bank Boys and plays weekly concerts with them throughout Iowa, and his professors and coaches check out his shows from time to time. He continues to hone his classical music at Central through 中提琴的教训 and even found time rejoin the Preucil School String 管弦乐队 to play concerts in the Baltic states between his freshman and sophomore years at Central.
Henning’s work promoting the High Bank Boys has given him real-world experience that helps him in his business and communication classes. He has already participated in four service-learning projects, including assembling a promotional video for Pella’s Christian Opportunity Center, updating marketing plans for Kahawa Cup fair trade coffee in Oskaloosa, conducting market analysis for Dorothy’s House in Des Moines and executing a public relations campaign for Al Éxito in Ottumwa. 亨宁喜欢服务学习是因为, 正如他所说, “It gives you a chance to apply what you’re learning in class in a real-world function, 同时, 你可以帮助一个慈善事业, because they always pick really good places to assist and that you can feel good about helping,”
农民家庭的儿子, Henning’s favorite class at Central has been Oral History of the Family Farm. “我喜欢每天都去,亨宁这样评价这门课, in which he collected farmers’ oral histories and condensed them into podcasts. “I did two farmers; the others mostly did one, I believe.” Henning’s passion for farming also led him to become the president of Central’s Agriculture Club, for which the High Bank Boys hosted a barn dance in Central’s A.N. 凯珀中心体育中心 4月.
After college, Henning plans to work in sales or marketing for an agricultural corporation. Henning got a strong start on his plan by attending Central’s Internship Fair during his sophomore year when he connected with Vermeer Corporation in Pella. Henning secured a full-time summer internship at Vermeer as a product specialist with the company’s Treecare, 租赁及景观集团.
“My internship at Vermeer wasn’t just making coffee and running copies,”亨宁说, “I really got hands-on experience of what a product specialist was doing.他帮助维米尔处理经销商关系, learned new analysis methods and even made sales trips to Texas and Indiana. Henning was rehired by Vermeer for this coming summer.
After spending some time with an agricultural corporation, Henning plans to return to Hartwick to build up his family farm. Along the way, he says, “Music is still part of the plan. There’s always going to be somewhere to perform.”