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9th Grader’s Jazz Solo–“He Nailed It!”

Posted by glennled on November 21, 2009

Today I went to the Northshore Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Bothell to hear my 9th grade trumpet student play with his school group in the “Northshore Jazz Festival.” I sat next to his Dad at the end of the row of seats occupied by their family, including his Mom, siblings, and one set of grandparents.

There were 25 jazz ensembles and bands on the program, some traveling from far away places such as Wenatchee, Langley (on Whidbey Island), Bremerton, Arlington, Monroe, and Snoqualmie. They played from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Each group played three pieces. During lunch, the jazz ensemble from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, played a concert. The festival was not a contest. It was a show. Each group got to show how well they’re playing at this stage of the school year, and a group of professional musicians, instructors and conductors critiqued each band. They made written notes and recorded audio comments, as feedback for the band directors and members to consider later.

I started snapping photos with my Blackberry phone camera when my student’s group appeared on stage. They sounded good and were well-rehearsed. Several key players seem to form the core of the group. My student is lead trumpeter. In the middle of the second piece, he improvised a solo! Afterwards, his Dad proudly said to me, “He nailed it!” I gave him thumbs up and a broad smile. Those lessons are paying off. Way to go, man!

4 Responses to “9th Grader’s Jazz Solo–“He Nailed It!””

  1. M.C. said

    It was great to have you there, Glenn! Thanks for the support and for believing in our son. J was very happy with his performance today which makes any parent thrilled. Yep, he did nail his solo. I’m still amazed about the impromptu aspect of the solo. J was explaining it to me, and well, let’s just say I am so not musically talented! lol I, like you, really enjoy hearing all this young talent. They are very inspiring. Thanks for investing in the future of all your students!

    • glennled said

      Yes, I could have sat there in that beautiful auditorium all day and listened to those kids! I’m proud of J and am anxious to hear his story of the solo and the entire performance. See you next week.

  2. I was just digging around the web and stumbled upon this post.

    There is nothing better than to have the support from family, teachers, and friends when you’re a kid learning a new skill – especially something as challenging as trumpet playing!

    I think it’s great that he “nailed” his solo and got thumbs up! More than anything – that moment will stand out in his mind for sure and keep driving that fire!

    Way to go J!!! Way to go Glenn!

    Sincerely,

    Keith Fiala, Trumpeter

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