Three years ago, Peter Gauthier was standing with the Ripon High School band percussion section, dressed in uniform as he played the snare drum and crashed the cymbals.

Last week, he was standing in front of the combined concert band, dressed in a suit and tie, as he directed its performance of “Of the Masses,” a Peter Gauthier composition.

The 2014 Ripon High School graduate now is a composition student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts.

His return to Ripon was a highlight of the 2017 Winter Band Concert, which featured selections from the high school’s two jazz ensembles and two concert bands.

After his directorial debut, Gauthier was congratulated off stage by his musical mentor, band director Sandy Polcyn, and by school Superintendent Mary Whitrock.

See more photos in the Dec. 21, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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