Monday, May 7, 2012

more music

Mike's jazz band played at a high school jazz festival recently. Awesome day - those kids sounded terrific. They also played at an awards ceremony at school (more on that later). What surprises me is how many kids switch instruments between symphonic band, jazz band and marching band. For example, my kid plays clarinet in the symphonic band, tenor sax in the jazz band, and in a couple of months he'll be in the marching band drum line. But that happens all the time... the bass clarinetist plays jazz flute, the flute player switches to jazz piano, another clarinet player marched tuba last season, and there are many more.... I think it's wonderful they have the opportunity to spread their wings musically in a public school. Yay, Mr. P.!

Mike's also in a clarinet choir at Northern Kentucky University. Beautiful music! And quite a diverse group - they range in age from 14 to 70.

OK, since I'm in mom bragging mode here. Mike has received some end-of-school-year awards. They had a ceremony at school last week. He was on the All-A Honor Roll. He also was awarded Outstanding Student in his Modern History class, and also in his English Honors class.

Also last week (whew, busy week!) was the band banquet. In addition to recognizing the kids for all the honor bands they took part in, or making all-state, etc., the teacher selected the Outstanding Bandsman for each grade. And Mike won for the Freshman class! We (as always) are so proud of him!

Edited to add: On the last day of school Mike came home with another certificate - Outstanding Student in his Honors Science class. There had been a mix-up with the awards, and his name was called with the Juniors.


  1. Wow!!! He is one busy guy...and I can't believe how much older he looks with short hair. Is that good?

    Congrats on all the amazing awards!!!

  2. Band, yay! It's such an awesome experience for the kids. My daughter played bassoon, and since that's not a great marching instrument, she played cymbals in marching band. Most of the grandkids were also in band. Congrats to you and Mike!

  3. How could he be anything but exceptional -with you for a mom???

  4. OMG! How wonderful Susan! I know how proud you are of him. I don't care what anyone says, music in the schools helps students to perform well in academics. I've been down this road with Justin and I know the difference music makes in a kids life! Congratulations!