By: Anika Isom, Editor in Chief
The floor vibrates as I approach, her fingers pluck the heavy strings while she makes comical expressions for my amusement.
Sadie South is a bassist in the Logan High Philharmonic Orchestra. As a senior, I felt that she would have an interesting story to share with the student body. And I was not disappointed.
Sadie is a comic- one who loves to make others laugh. I remember playing with her as a freshman in orchestra and listening to her joke about becoming a “one-man band”. And with the range of instruments she knows, it’s totally possible!
Sadie started playing the viola, and played it for two years before picking up the bass. Sadie started playing the bass not on a whim, but because her mother bought one at a garage sale.
“We have a ton of instruments” Sadie says, laughing. “Most of them don’t get played so I decided to play the bass… I like the bass because it’s a supporting instrument, so I’m not always the center of attention. Viola is good but bass is better”.
And she never turned back. Today Sadie is one of two bassists in the Philharmonic orchestra (that’s the highest level orchestra Logan High offers) and does an amazing job!
Bethany Schiffman, a senior violinist and friend of Sadie, has a lot of praise to give the bassist. “She’s very funny” she says, laughing. “I love her”. Diana Ruiz, another senior violinist, also states that Sadie is a “very hard worker”. The two then lovingly heckle her but reassure me that she is indeed a wonderful person.
Sadie is well known in the Philharmonic orchestra for being a comic, and always making people laugh. As soon as I announce to the class that I will be interviewing her, the first question is “Have you asked about her lizard?” The “lizard”, is actually a bearded dragon, and Sadie loves to talk about him! If she’s on her laptop, she’s most likely looking for snacks for him.
Bethany’s sentiments are echoed by Sadie’s bass-in-crime, Ethan. The two squabble conversationally as I approach, but Ethan reassures me that Sadie is nice. “She’s very good” he says, and then asks me jokingly to add in that Sadie is a bully. But despite their comical attitudes, the two work well together- they are the entirety of the bass section of the orchestra.
Want to see Sadie in action? Catch her on December 19 at 7:00 in the LHS auditorium for the Logan High Winter Concert. Songs to look forward to include “Serenade e dur star” (Sadie’s personal favorite), “Pathetique”, and “Troika”.