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Posts Tagged ‘first’

My Trumpet Student Makes 1st Chair!

Posted by glennled on February 16, 2012

Last Monday was “Chair Tryout” day for the trumpet section of the 8th grade band at Kamiakin Jr. High School in Kirkland. One by one, ten trumpeters played a passage from “Introduction and Caccia” by Claude T. Smith in front of the whole band and Ward Brannman, band and jazz band director (see http://www.lwsd.org/school/kajh/Academics/Pages/Music.aspx).

My student scored 50 out of 50 points to take first chair! I am so proud of her.

The band program at Kamiakin is one of the best in the state. On 18 February, Mr. Brannman was named Middle School/Junior High Music Educator of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) at its annual state conference. This was the Diamond Jubilee conference, celebrating 75 years of WMEA support of music education.

For more stories about this student and her school bands, see my past posts on 7 April 2011, 19 February 2010, and 25 November 2009, simply by selecting the dates from the Archives list in the left column.

My motto is “Become Your Best!” I don’t care if you’re first or last chair, provided you’re performing up to your potential.

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School’s Almost Here–Get Ready!

Posted by glennled on August 14, 2009

My first new student for the new school year lives in Ballard and is already on the horn, taking weekly lessons, practicing and having fun learning new techniques and songs! He’s gonna be good, if he keeps it up. He’s a quick learner, has a natural emboucher, likes music, is curious about how his cornet works and should be maintained, and is excited about playing it. Watch out, he’s improving fast!

Remember: wherever you are on the learning curve, you can always improve, and with help, you can improve faster than trying to do it alone. The better you are, the more fun it is. The composers wrote the music, your horn can perform it…now, can you play it? Say yes!

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