The kids participated in the Butler University Youth Jazz Program again this spring. Margaret participated in a jazz combo which she enjoyed. Andrew was in the Jazz Orchestra playing trombone. Both kids played solos this year. Margaret’s is pretty obvious and Andrew’s will be too. Enjoy!
Margaret on bass:
Andrew on Trombone:
Margaret performed in a 1 Act play at her High School. I was able to record it. You can view the whole thing online in three parts. (Youtube limitation on time)
The play is 17 minutes long. Margaret is the lead in the play.
Indianapolis is not known for getting a lot of snow. When we lived in New Hampshire, snow was just a way of life. We got it all the time and it was beautiful, until March arrived. Then it got ugly.
We got a good one this weekend.
Both Margaret and Andrew performed at Wednesday’s Christmas Concert. Margaret plays bass for the Jazz Kitchen and Andrew is on Trombone for the Jazz Ensemble. Andrew is on the very end wearing moose slippers. Yes, the kids seemed to really get into the spirit.
Andrew on Trombone
Margaret on Bass
Andrew on Trombone
The kids participated in a fall program being run by Butler University that teaches kids how to perform in small jazz combos. It is an excellent program in teaching kids improvisational jazz. Matt Pivec is the Professor of Jazz Studies at Butler. I tip my hat off to him and the work he is doing.
Music is a great outlet for kids and jazz is a great genre for them to learn. Here are a couple of videos of the kids performance from this weekend.
Andrew and Meggie played in the Butler Youth Jazz Orchestra. Andrew is on trombone and Meggie is on the bass right behind him. I am proud that both were able to participate.
I just love listening to the North Central music program. As you listen, these kids are pretty incredible. This Tchaikovsky piece is pretty challenging, yet the sound like pros. Enjoy!
As was report, my Brother-in-law Archie Taylor passed away while on duty in Afghanistan. He was an excellent Soldier, Husban, Father, and Brother to all of us. We are going to miss him.
In his honor, we have the privelage of witnessing his burial at Arlington National Cemetary. We are going as a family. It is anticipated that there will be 150-200 people in attendance. We have received numerous messages from indivdiduals that worked with Archie while on duty together. All the stories are similar with mention of what an honor it was to work with him.
So, if you have a moment to enjoy some silence, honor my Brother-in-law with a prayer.