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First Time For Elementary School Bands on the Big NPAC Stage at Last Concert of This School Year

Posted by glennled on June 20, 2014

Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, Skyview Jr. High School, Bothell, WA

Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, Skyview Jr. High School, Bothell, WA

For the first time, on 28 May, the first- and second-year elementary bands of Skyview Jr. High School got to perform a concert on the big stage at Northshore Performance Art Center (NPAC) on the Bothell High School campus. Mr. Shawn McGinn is Director of Instrumental Music at Skyview.

The concert began with the first-year band playing a piece in four movements: “Alpha Overture,” “Rock-It,” “Yuki,” and “The Bingo Polka,” arranged by Jack Bullock. They concluded with “Apollo Fanfare” by Robert W. Smith.

Next came the second-year band playing three pieces: “Mystic Dance” by Michael Sweeney; “Let It Go,” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, arranged by Jems Kazik; and “William Tell Overture,” by Giocchino Rossini, arranged by Andrew Balent.

The first-year band is comprised mostly of fifth graders from Crystal Springs, Fernwood, and Canyon Creek Elementary Schools. The second-year band members are mostly sixth graders from the same schools. There are 20 trumpeters in the first-year band and four in the second-year band.

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Four-Band Concert, “Skyview Spring with Tunes and Swing,” in Bothell

Posted by glennled on June 3, 2014

On 1 April, four bands from Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell gathered before a gym-full of parents, relatives, and friends to present  their “Skyview Spring with Tunes and Swing” concert in the SJHS gymnasium.

Glenn Ledbetter prepares to conduct Skyview Jr. High School's second-year band, 1 April 2014

Glenn Ledbetter prepares to conduct Skyview Jr. High School’s second-year band, 1 April 2014

On Fridays, I rehearse the second-year band, and Mr. Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, graciously let me conduct one piece (“Front and Center”) that night. It was the first time I ever conducted a band in public–what fun! The feeling was kind of like playing with a wind-up toy–first you practice, practice, practice to acquire the skill, and then on concert night, you just let it go and it does its own thing, automatically, perfectly! I was so proud of the kids.

The first-year elementary band (mostly 5th graders) played “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Eye of the Tiger.” The second-year elementary band (mostly 6th graders) played “Front and Center,” “Clarinet Boogie,” and “I’m a Believer.” Then came the 7th-grade band from SJHS, playing “The Tempest,” “A Song for Friends,” and “Furioso.” And finally, the Skyview Jazz Band played “Dorian Journey,” “Moanin’,” “Work Song,” and “Mr. PC.”

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Elementary Bands Concert at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell

Posted by glennled on May 30, 2014

Skyview Eagles

On 6 December 2013, two elementary school bands performed their Winter Concert for parents, relatives and friends at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell. The first-year (5th grade) band and the second-year (6th grade) band are quite a contrast in size but not in quality–both are developing very well at their respective levels. Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, was on materity leave at the time, so Sarah Lawson, his substitute, conducted the concert.

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Fourth Annual Trumpet Recital at My Home in Edmonds

Posted by glennled on August 27, 2013

Three high-schoolers and one middle-schooler showed off their talents and abilities at the 4th Annual Trumpet Recital by my students in my home in Edmonds on 8 June. Bands at Inglemoor (Kenmore), Bothell, and Juanita (Kirkland) high schools and Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle) get the benefits of their musicianship. Private lessons make a big difference in their performance at school.

Erik played “Chiapanecas,” “In a French Cafe,” and two bugle calls, “Assembly” and “Fire Alarm.” Robert played “Centaurus,” “The Technician,” and the bugle call, “Tattoo.” Vaughan played “The Executant,” “Bird’s Backyard” (jazz), and the bugle call, “Mess.” Sarah played an original composition (untitled) and “In Dreams” from the movie, The Lord of the Rings.

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Photo Gallery of “Northshore Jazz Night” at Inglemoor High School

Posted by glennled on May 31, 2013

It started in 1984, when Eric Lucas was a senior in high school—a concert called “Northshore Jazz Night” that features the high school jazz bands within the Northshore School District. Mr. Lucas is now Director of Instrumental Music and Performing Arts Department Chair at Woodinville High School. “So often,” he said, “when we play at jazz competitions and individual school concerts, we never get the chance to hear each other play. This is a fun event, usually about the first week of May, just for the entertainment of ourselves, parents, relatives, and friends.”

And on 30 April at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, we heard five bands from Woodinville, Bothell, and Inglemoor high schools. I got photos of almost every band, but my camera’s battery died just before the Inglemoor Jazz Ensemble took the stage.  The lead trumpeter in the Woodinville Jazz Ensemble is my former student. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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Arcade Mocha Kicks Off Winter Concert at Skyview Junior High in Bothell

Posted by glennled on December 17, 2012

AM LogoAs the fans filled the stands in the gym at Skyview Junior High in Bothell, they were entertained by Arcade Mocha, a jazz combo formed by eight students in 2011. People were coming for the Winter Concert of the orchestra and 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade bands. Arcade Mocha played Christmas songs and other pieces for half an hour before the concert began.

Vaughan has been my trumpet student since 2010

Vaughan has been my trumpet student since 2010

It was their 19th gig so far (see They play for festivals, auctions, fundraisers, variety shows, promotional events, and such at malls, stores, coffee shops, churches, schools, and more. For example, during the holidays in 2011, they played at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair in Woodinville, and twice in 2012, they played at the Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Last November, they played at “This is the Night,” the Skyview Spaghetti Dinner, and helped raise $1,700 in funds for the Music Boosters and

Music Department of the school. Musically, they’ve stepped up into jazz circles by playing twice at afternoon gigs at Tula’s Jazz Club in Belltown in Seattle (see

This group of talented teenage musicians launched from the Skyview Jr. High music program (see  They practice, using The Real Book of charts, every Saturday at the home of their booking agent, Dianne Kinney, 425-275-8696,

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“Taps” for Stanley J. Chapin (1950-2012), Sheriff Deputy, King County

Posted by glennled on February 8, 2012

Officer Stanley J. Chapin was known as a local legend. “Out of all men in blue vests, Officer Chapin was the best,” wrote Jay Gilliland. A Memorial Mass in his honor was held Tuesday, 7 February, at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell. It was attended by some 1200-1500 family members, friends, government and school officials, and fellow officers.

“Respect and serenity came forth as he spoke,” wrote Gilliland, “A man daily happy…a man of contentment every day standing true.” For those who knew him, he played numerous roles in their lives: husband, father, son, brother, friend, police officer, Army Captain, Sheriff Deputy, comrade, confidant, disciplinarian, counselor, role model, comedian, volunteer, teacher, and marathon champion.

After the Funeral Mass, the Honor Guard of the Washington Army National Guard rendered military honors, including a rifle salute. I followed, sounding “Taps” in farewell to this very special man who died at age 61 in his sleep during the night of 30 January. As a bugler, I have not yet played at a more moving ceremony.

For more about him, please see:

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Photo Gallery of Elementary Band Concert at Skyview Jr. High, Bothell

Posted by glennled on December 13, 2011

Mr. Shawn McGinn (left, front), 2nd-year band (left, back), and 1st-year band (right)

On Thursday, 8 December, the parents and relatives gathered at band period (7:55-8:35 a.m.) to hear their kids play in the band in the school cafeteria at Skyview Junior High School in Bothell. For the 1st-year band, it was their first concert ever, and the featured song was “Jingle Bells.” Then the 2nd year band played two pieces: “Apollo Fanfare” by Robert W. Smith and “Five Christmas Favorites,” a medley. The band director is Shawn McGinn, and I am his assistant for brass instruction (trumpet, trombone, baritone, and French horn). Photos by I-Phone; click on any photo to enlarge it.

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Elementary Bands Give Final Concert of the Year at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell

Posted by glennled on June 9, 2011

1st Year Elementary Band

Happy young musicians make proud parents and teachers. The proof was in the final concert of the school year for the two elementary bands and the jazz combo which performed in the gym at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell on 31 May.

2nd-Year Elementary Band

The 58-member first-year band performed four movements of a piece by Jack Bullock: “Alpha Overture; Rock-It; Yuki; The Bingo Polka.”

The 37-member second-year band performed “Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by A.F. Dale, P.R. Leka and G. Carla, as arranged by Eric Osterling, and “Legend of the Alhambra,” by Mark Williams.

The 8-member jazz combo performed “Autumn Leaves” by Joseph Kosura and Johnny Mercer and “Watermelon Man” by Herbie Hancock.

Jazz Combo (plus vocalist, not shown)

The concert was interrupted to pay tribute to the leader, Mr. Shawn McGinn. During the past several weeks, band members had made donations toward the purchase of a gift, and the two assistants, Candice Palmberg (flutes) and me (brass), supplemented their contributions. In all, $152 was collected, and a gift certificate from Babies-R-Us was presented to him. He and his wife are expecting their first baby in early July! Mr. McGinn is going to be a wonderful father. With those two good parents, that kid is very lucky!

The brass section of the 2nd-year elementary had secretly prepared its own special treat for Mr. McGinn. As a surprise and on behalf of all his students, they played the chorus of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” to honor him for his inspirational, fun instruction and leadership. Mr. McGinn encouraged everyone to stay in practice during the summer and come back next fall for a very special school year in band!










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Super Band Concert in the Gym–Skyview Jr. High, Bothell

Posted by glennled on March 26, 2011

7th Grade Band (center), 5th Grade Band (left) & 6th Grade Band (right)

“Have you ever seen or heard anything like it?”  “No, never!”  “How was it?”  “Unbelievable!”

That’s how the proud audience of parents, relatives, and friends felt after the 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade bands performed their concert in the gynmasium at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell last Thursday night.

1st-Year Elementary Band

The concert began with the 5th Grade Band playing “Furioso,” followed by the 6th Grade Band’s “American Spirit March.” Then the 7th Grade Band played three pieces: “The Firebird,” “Black is the Color,” and “Legend of the Alhambra.” Next, Mr. Shawn McGinn, Director of Instrumental Music, joined this band’s percussionists in performing a Latin piece, “Mario Brothers.”

For the finale, Mr. Ginn conducted the combined 6th-7th Grade Bands in the dramatic piece, “Second Storm.”

It is remarkable to witness the progress being made by all these young musicians [especially the trumpet and trombone players, I say]! Band is so fun! 

"Second Storm," played by the combined 7th (left) and 6th (right) Grade Bands


The combined 7th (left) and 6th (right) grade bands play the finale, "Second Storm"

Mr. McGinn joins the 7th-grade percussionists to play "Mario Brothers"

2nd-Year Elementary Band

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