Mother, daughter share oboe

Danielle Laird, Hayden band raising money for Orlando trip

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— When Danielle Laird decided to play the oboe, she literally picked up the same instrument as her mother.

The Hayden High School freshman began playing the oboe in the fifth grade. Rather than starting on a new instrument, she used the oboe her mother used as a child and teen-ager.

"I wanted it to be original," she said.

Lori Laird remembers first learning how to play the Bundy oboe when it was a brand-new instrument.

She quit playing the instrument shortly after her graduation from high school in Plainview, Kan.

Through college and several moves with her new family, however, she held on to the instrument.

Laird said she never had a reason to part with the oboe she enjoyed playing so much as a youngster.

"I loved its uniqueness," she said. "It definitely has its own sound."

The decision to hold on to the oboe came full circle when Danielle Laird told her mother she wanted to play the same instrument in fifth-grade band.

Mother and daughter took the old instrument to Hayden band teacher Bill Grimes for his advice on whether the instrument was still in playing condition.

Grimes, who retired from teaching last year, gladly endorsed her decision to play and said the instrument was still in prime playing condition, Lori Laird said.

The oboe only required a few adjustments to some loose pads, she said.

"He was pretty pleased," she said.

Grimes told his new music student that playing such an unusual instrument would prove helpful if she decided to pursue the instrument in college and wanted to apply for music scholarships, she said.

Like her mother, Danielle Laird is the only oboe player at her high school.

"It's hard because I have a lot of solos after this year," she said.

The 14-year-old will be flying south with her instrument in June.

Band students at Hayden and Soroco schools are each raising $1,400 for the chance to perform their repertoire at Disney World.

Laird began collecting the money as a sixth-grader.

After three years of selling everything from wreaths to flowers to candy, she said the amount doesn't seem so daunting.

"I'm pretty close," Laird said.

Caroline Gregory, a sales representative for the Prairie Candle Company, works with students like Danielle Laird who want to sell her candles to raise funds for their Orlando trip.

All the fund-raising and years of waiting will be worth her while, Laird said, when she and her oboe finally arrive in Florida with the rest of the band members.

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