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My Student Performs in “Cracking the Jazz Code” Concert in Bellevue

Posted by glennled on July 23, 2019

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At “Crack the Jazz Code” band camp, Music Works Northwest, Bellevue


My 8th-grade trumpet student from Mercer Island has played in six recitals—one with a piano accompanist—but needed to get some ensemble experience to prepare him for joining a band when he gets to high school. You see, there is no band program at St. Monica’s Catholic School, where he is now a student. So, his parents enrolled him in a one-week jazz band camp held at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue. The camp is for ages 11-15 (middle and high school) at the level of two years of school band or orchestra.

The “Crack the Jazz Code” camp culminated in a concert on Friday afternoon, 19 July. The camp director, Christian Pincock, trombonist, led the 15-member group in a program of six pieces:

  • “Flip Top” by Ted Curson, trumpeter
  • “Cantaloupe Island” by Herbie Hancock, pianist
  • “Cute” by Count Basie, pianist
  • “Comparsa” by Candido Camero, percussionist (bongos and conga drums)
  • “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock, pianist
  • “C-Jam Blues” by Duke Ellington, pianist

At the concert, the brass section was comprised of 7 trumpeters and two trombonists.

Music Works Northwest offers two dozen summer camps. For more information, please see and For previous posts about my trumpet student, please see my blog posts of 10 May 2019, 21 May 2018, and 18 November 2017. This was his first experience playing jazz in an ensemble.

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Flag Day: Four Patriotic Songs Accompany Speech About “Flags Across America” at Cristwood Park Senior Living Community in Shoreline

Posted by glennled on June 24, 2019

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Flags Across America, Arlington National Cemetery (pp. 100-101)


Flag Day, 14 June—where were you? Did you display the American flag at your home? Did you attend a ceremony? I did and hope you did, too.


Cristwood Park, Shoreline. Photo courtesy of Cristwood Park

Two days earlier, on 12 June, I attended an event at Cristwood Park, a retirement community in Shoreline. Elizabeth Patton, Life Enrichment Coordinator, had scheduled Karen S. Robbins, co-author of Flags Across America, who lives in Gig Harbor, to give a speech about the American flags which are pictured in her book. Mrs. Patton scheduled me to play two patriotic songs on my Getzen trumpet before and two songs after Ms. Robbins’ speech. The first two were “America, the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.” The last two were “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” We handed out the lyrics to all of them, and the audience sang along as I played.

Ms. Robbins teamed up and co-authored the 208-page book with Dale Baskin, a photographer and writer who lives in Seattle.  So, she began her speech with a joke about their team being akin to the very popular ice cream shops, “Baskin-Robbins.” Then she showed many photos of American flag, as photographed, drawn and painted by people across the nation. All were unique, and some were simply amazing. See for yourself at

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Hear “Your Brain on Music” by Dr. Larry Sherman, 10 February

Posted by glennled on February 2, 2012

Thinking of Music, courtesy of Pacific Retirement Services, Inc.

“Successful aging” is the terminology used in the brochure inviting me to attend the “Live Well” lecture series being sponsored by Mirabella Seattle, a stylish retirement community at South Lake Union. So I wonder, what constitutes “successful aging”—does that mean you never die?! [BTW, if you’re interested, there’s a lot about eternity in the Bible.] No, here “successful aging” is more about keeping your brain healthy throughout old age. OK, how?

I am invited to hear Dr. Larry Sherman talk about this on 10 February at 1 p.m. at Mirabella Seattle, 116 Fairview Ave N. It’s a complimentary event with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Dr. Sherman, who has played piano since the age of four, will give a multi-media lecture and musical performance. He will talk about how music can influence brain function and healthy brain aging. That includes a discussion of the origins of music and how the brain interprets music. His presentation is called “Your Brain on Music” and is said to be a “musical journey of neuroscience.”

Mirabella offers independent living, assisted living, special memory care (for demetia and Alheimers residents), and skilled nursing and rehabilitation (see

According to the Mirabella invitation, Dr. Sherman is a Professor in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the Oregon Health Science University. At the Oregon National Primate Research Center, he is a Senior Scientist in the Division of Neuroscience. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine recently named him among the 12 Most Innovative People in Oregon. He serves on the board of the Portland Chamber Orchestra. With more than 80 publications regarding developmental neuroscience and neurodegeneration, he gives lectures worldwide about his own studies of how to repair the damaged nervous system, as well as other neuroscience topics.

Hmmm…is my brain already fried, or should I go? Why should I go if I can’t remember anything anyway? Well, surely I would enjoy the fine hospitality and music! Maybe I should bring my trumpet—do you think they’d mind? Can I trust them to release me after the lecture?   😉

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