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Posts Tagged ‘Kirkland’

“Final Concert” of 2012-13 Bands and Choirs at Juanita High School

Posted by glennled on June 4, 2013

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Two of my trumpet students—one current, one past—played in the “Final Concert” of the school year at Juanita High School in Kirkland on 29 May—so I simply had to go! And, as always, I’m very glad I did. One student is in the Concert Band (for freshmen), and the other is in the Symphonic Band (for sophomores). Both bands, plus the Wind Symphony (for juniors and seniors) and the Jazz Band, are under the very capable direction of Mariko Lane. Also on the program were the Concert Choir (all girls) and the Concert Choir (co-ed), directed by Lehua Pischke.

The Jazz Band opened the concert with “Big Swing Face,” followed by “Little Brown Jug” and “The Elks Parade.” The next band was the 46-member Concert Band, playing a “Symphonic Suite from the ‘Lord of the Rings’.” After that, the Symphonic Band (42 members) played a medley from “The Phantom of the Opera.” And finally, the Wind Symphony (40 members) played a “Star Wars Medley.”

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

The music was challenging for the musicians and entertaining for the audience. It was evident that Ms. Lane is well-loved by her musicians, who follow her direction with precision. The balance of the instrumental sections was very impressive—for example, she kept the power of the brass in check, and the blending of the instruments was very pleasant. Also, she chose arrangements that featured solos by several of her best musicians.

The Jazz Choir sang a “Swing Around Suite” which included “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “God Bless the Child,” and “How High the Moon.” The Concert Choir sang “The Lion King: The Broadway Medley,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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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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Four Bands Wow the Crowd at Kamiakin Jr. High Concert in Kirkland

Posted by glennled on April 7, 2011

Nine masked trumpeters from the Concert Band (7th grade) perform "Phantom Trumpets"

If you were required by state law to attend one band concert this year at a junior high school in Western Washington, you would have to consider going to Kirkland to hear the bands directed by Ward S. Brannman. He runs a top-notch program, and the music produced by his young musicians at a concert last Tuesday was proof.

Leading off the concert was the Kamiakin Jazz Ensemble playing, among other charts, “Night and Day” by Cole Porter. Next, the Concert (7th Grade) Band performed three pieces: “Dance of the Witches,” “Irish Festival,” and “Phantom Trumpets.” In the latter, nine trumpeters wore masks and came to the front to play (see photo). One of them is a student of mine. I was very proud.

50-member Wind Ensemble

“Dance of the Witches” is a theme (in 6/8 time) written by John Williams for the 1987 movie, The Witches of Eastwick.Third was the Symphonic (8th Grade) Band, playing “Overture in C Minor” by Eric Osterling and “El Camino” by Jerry Nowak. Again, the trumpet section was featured in a mariachi section of “El Camino.” Finally, the Wind Ensemble performed Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Lyrical March,” featuring a flute solo and a trumpet duet. Five selections from Les Miserables, arranged by Warren Barket, concluded this special concert. The stage production of this popular musical debuted 25 years ago. Trumpet solos were featured in two of the selections.

Mr. Ward S. Brannman, Director

I know from tutoring one of his trumpet players that Mr. Brannman is diligent about setting high goals for his students and then encouraging, expecting, and rewarding excellence. At the same time, he mixes lots of fun, excitement, and recognition into his music program. This is the second concert of his which I’ve attended (see my post of 19 February 2010). 

At this concert, for example, the teachers of Helen Keller Elementary School and the Quest Program of the Lake Washington School District were honored. Many band students read testimonials thanking

48-member Concert Band (7th grade)

their favorite teachers for good learning experiences in elementary school. Mr. Brannman also passed out several awards to various band members. And finally, he selected music that featured some of his best musicians. He builds pride and self-esteem through superior performance. Go hear his bands when you have the opportunity, whether or not it’s required by law!

55-member Symphonic Band (8th grade)

 

27-member Kamiakin Jazz Ensemble

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Kirkland Girl Loves Trumpet!

Posted by glennled on November 25, 2009

Yesterday, I met my 5th new student of this school year for our first lesson–“It’s a Girl!” A 6th grader, she’s kinda shy but wants to improve her trumpet playing, so…she’s having to get used to me!  😀  Last year, she had a few lessons from another instructor, but their schedules didn’t work out. The instructor teaches only at a studio, and it proved too difficult for her to make it to his location reliably. So now I’m going to her home in Kirkland immediately following my lesson with my Bothell student. That’s an easy hop and a skip–works well for both of us. Her mom, an attorney, says she likes playing trumpet, is sticking with it, and wants to get better. So here we go!

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