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Kamiakin Junior High School Band Concert in Kirkland

Posted by glennled on February 19, 2010

Last night, I attended an excellent band concert at Kamiakin Junior High School in Kirkland, where one of my 6th grade students plays trumpet in the Intermediate Band. What fun! First came the Beginning Band (80 students), then the Intermediate Band (~50), then the Symphonic Band, and finally the 8th Grade Band–four bands! They were all well-rehearsed and well-behaved. And they played well! All totaled, there must have been about 35-40 young trumpeters on stage. The stands were filled with about 300-400 parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives, friends, and other interested parties like me. Soloists, duets, and trios also played and were given medals for doing so. It’s one of the strongest band programs I have seen and is a great credit to the enthusiastic, energetic, pleasant, and obviously competent Band Director. Congratulations!

4 Responses to “Kamiakin Junior High School Band Concert in Kirkland”

  1. Nancy said

    It’s heartening to hear of a first class music program with so many enthusiastic young performers. Kudos to the director and supportive parents!

    • glennled said

      Yes, it is interesting to watch students sort out their preferences through these school years. Parents expose them to many opportunities, like band and sports, and give them support in every endeavor. Kids choose. Some already know. Some won’t choose until high school, and so forth. Of those ~40 trumpeters, how many will play in high school? in college? how many will become professional musicians? how many will eventually tutor trumpet, like me? I’m having a blast!

  2. Lorri said

    My daughter and I were so pleased that you took time out of your busy schedule and attended the concert! Her teacher later indicated that he can tell she has been receiving private lessons!!

    Thanks again!

    • glennled said

      My pleasure…and I plan to attend her next one, too, God willing! With her drive and consistent practice, she will become a leader in the trumpet section in that very strong band program.

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