I have a soft spot for the musically gifted, not only vocalists, but especially musicians. Maybe it's because I am the mother of a middle school trumpet player or maybe it's the fact that I sincerely appreciate a talent that I do not possess. Whatever the reason, musicians and their craft provide me with much joy.
Whenever I can, I like to promote live music, whether it be amateur, professional, or somewhere in between. So, I hope that you all make an effort to attend the Jazz Supper and Concert in the Emmetsburg High School Student Center this Friday night, Feb. 10. The middle school jazz band and the high school jazz band programs are hosting this night of good food and great jazz music.
The evening kicks off with a taco bar, starting at 6:30 p.m. with the bands getting underway around 7 p.m. Following separate performances of each band, the middle school and high school students will join together as one group.
It's impressive how often our beginning band students have the opportunity to perform in public. The year kicked off in October with the Algona Band Day Parade and chances to perform in the Emmetsburg Homecoming Parade and pre-game show. And, of course, in December, there was the holiday concert.
Coming up on Mar. 1, the middle school band students will compete in their solo and small ensemble contest. On Mar. 17, they will march in the St. Patrick's Parade, and on Apr. 19, the Parade of Bands concert is scheduled. On May 19, the middle schoolers head to Orange City for the Tulip Festival Parade and on May 28, the band participates in the Memorial Day Parade and service.
I know my trumpet player is excited by each of these opportunities to present the music he has been rehearsing. Often, I hear him describe a song his group has been practicing or share his hopes that the band will play a certain song he has discovered. My son's musical interests and experiences are expanding, and it is a wonderful thing.