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Posts Tagged ‘high school’

High School Band Day, 9-20-’14, UW Huskies vs. Georgia State Panthers

Posted by glennled on April 12, 2015

Georgia State hardly had a chance–the University of Washington Huskies never (hardly ever) loose on High School Band Day! And two-legged dogs always beat two-legged cats, no? And so it was on 20 September 2014, that UW came out on top, 45-14, scoring all 45 points in the second half. The first half was a stinker for the Huskies, who got booed off the field into the locker room to re-group. In any case, the win left the Huskies with a 4-0 record thus far in the season.

Could it be that the combined bands’ massive half-time show on High School Band Day inspired the Huskies to come back from 0-14 to win? 😉

Here’s how the bands did it—see the photo gallery below. As always, trumpeters are featured. Field-level shots were taken by Louis Figueroa, and press box shots were by Garry Nakayama. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

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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.

Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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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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On High School Band Day, UW Huskies Take Big Win Over Hawaii Warriors, 40-32

Posted by glennled on September 29, 2011

Melvyn Poll, operatic tenor, sings the National Anthem, with Color Guard, honoring 9-11

Customarily, High School Band Day is a lucky charm for the University of Washington Huskies, and this year it worked again! The Huskies beat the University of Hawaii Warriors, 40-32, on the Saturday before the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.  The Husky team commemorated the event by wearing white helmets with the “W” dazzled in red, white and blue and by carrying a flag as they ran out of the tunnel onto the field.

Thirty-three high school bands participated in both the pre-game and half-time shows. All but one—Cheyenne High School, North Las Vegas, NV, with 44 members—came from within Washington state. The four largest bands were South Kitsap (150), Camas (150), Bellevue (115), and Sequim (100). The four smallest were Meridian (in Bellingham, 25), Waterville (northeast of Wenatchee, 23), Manson (on Lake Chelan, 19), and Archbishop Murphy (in Everett, 19).

In all, about 2150 high school band members, 200 cheerleaders, and 80 flag team members participated in this, the 59th Annual High School Band Day. Most of these photos were taken by Louis Figueroa (on the field) and Garry Nakayama (in the pressbox), and a few were shot by me, as a member of the Husky Alumni Band. Click on any of these 19 photos to enlarge it.

UW Band mixes with the bands and cheerleaders from 33 high schools

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New Student Returns to Play Trumpet in Native Colombia After 37 Years

Posted by glennled on May 14, 2011

National flag of Colombia

She graduated from high school in 1974, in Antioquia, Colombia and now operates a busy housecleaning service out of Lynnwood, Washington.  Her high school class is gathering in Medellin (population ~2.4 million) in late July for their graduation reunion, and the school band wants to play some of the same music which they played back then. One of the pieces they’ll be playing is the “Theme from New York, New York.”

So in April, she hired me for a 13-week crash course in trumpet playing and rented a new Getzen trumpet from Kennelly Keys in Lynnwood—isn’t that a fun thing for her to do and an interesting challenge for a tutor to undertake?! She’s my 16th student and commenced lessons on 5 April. I’m excited to help her quickly sound good again and re-develop her range and stamina. She played first trumpet in high school at Education Feminine Center of Antioquia (CEFA), and no doubt her classmates will be counting on her to lead them again.

She first came to America in 1991, and obtained her USA citizenship in 1998. Last year, her son earned his master’s degree in international commerce law with honors from the University of Edinburgh Law School, Scotland. Her daughter has her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California. I’m getting the picture that this is a proud, hard-working family of high achievers, so I’m betting she will soon “knock-’em dead” in Medellin!

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Mercer Island Sophomore Trumpeter Returns to Music Fundamentals

Posted by glennled on February 6, 2011

Mercer Island was my home for 33 years. One of my two sons (now living in New Zealand) played drums in the MI High School Band. And now my 15th trumpet student is a sophomore in that same school and plays trumpet in that same band. Also like my drummer son, she

Drum Major, MIHS Marching Band

has ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It’s easy for her attention to drift from one thing to the next, and it’s hard to stay focused on something for a long time.

She first learned to read music and play trumpet when she was a young girl, but then she transferred to another school and did not play for three years. To her dismay, when she returned to school at M.I. and resumed playing trumpet in the band, she found that she had forgotten much of what she’d once known about how to read music. Now she manages to play ok but wants to improve. Marching band season is over, she’s moved into concert band, the music is more complex and difficult, and she wants to play it well. She realized she must return to the basics and re-study the fundamentals…with a trumpet tutor.

I am the lucky man who is privileged to help her. We started her private lessons on 18 December 2010. She already plays with such a sweet, solid tone. Now all we need to do is help her learn all those notes over a two-octave range, learn all those music notations, strengthen and train her embouchure, and develop her hand-to-eye coordination and muscle memory. As that happens, her confidence and pride will soar. She will play as well as, or better than, most of her classmates. And, in turn, she will enjoy music and her band membership even more!

She  says she had a great time when the 300-member MIHS band went to England a month ago to march in the colossal 2011 London New Year’s Day Parade (see www.londonparade.co.uk), joining some 10,000 performers from 20 countries who marched in front of about half a million spectators along the 2-mile route. The parade, which began in 1987, is broadcast by over 700 TV stations worldwide and is watched for some three hours by about 200 million viewers. This was the M.I. band’s first appearance in this, the 25th annual parade. Roughly 200 M.I. band students made the trip. The kids and community raised about $80,000 in support of those students who could not otherwise have gone. Go to the links below to watch videos of the MIHS band’s performance in London. Other USA bands participating came from Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Almost one out of every four students in Mercer Island High School is enrolled in the band program! The program consists of four concerts bands, the marching band, jazz bands, and the “Animal Band” (see http://www.misd.k12.wa.us/schools/hs/hsband/bands.html). The successes, awards and accolades won by these bands are numerous; for example,  over 50 students were selected to participate in the All-State and All-Northwest honor ensembles during the last five years.

Next year, they will march again in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Hmmmm….now if only the UW Husky football team can just win enough games next season, maybe they’ll get to play in the Rose Bowl game itself. Go, Huskies! And then she and her fellow M.I. band members can watch our own Seattle team play there. It’s so much fun to be in band!  🙂

There are at least four videos of the MIHS Marching Band’s performance in London on YouTube:

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