Kelly has always been interested in music. When she was little, she always plunked around on the piano (her grandma Sailer would hate that I used the word..plunked) but by the age of 5, she said to me, “Mom, I want the notes to make a song. Can I take lessons?” We found a wonderful teacher, and off she went. Sadly, she’s not taking piano lessons anymore, but her piano skills has given her many opportunities back in the percussion section. She plays the bells, chimes, timpani’s and xylophone, when needed, because she can read music. In school, she keeps herself involved in music by being in the band, Eagle Ridge Singers, she performed in the musical, and in the summer, she takes voice lessons. And a morning never goes by, that I don’t hear her singing while drying her hair. Thank You Mrs. Wilson for giving Kelly her wonderful start in the music world!
Tonight was her last band concert of the year. I was really excited about this concert because she was going to be playing the drum set for The Little Mermaid piece. I remember when I got a chance to play the drum set back in Junior High and it’s not the easiest thing to do. You really have to concentrate, count, and keep that beat for everyone, while playing a bass drum with your foot, and cymbals and snare/or tom-tom drum with your drumsticks. It’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. Just ask my brother Greg. He was thrilled to find out that his niece was doing this. He even tried to get work off to come out and watch, but it just didn’t work out. That’s okay Greg, I took pictures!
The band played a really neat and unique song called, “Junkyard Jam.” This is a fun song for the percussion section because they get to play their drumsticks on odd “instruments” such as a pickle pail, and oversized soup can, a metal bucket, suspended cymbal, and a fan favorite….the cowbell! Kelly was banging on that thing and I was cracking up. “More Cowbell! (SNL joke) It really sounded like a junkyard full of sounds. Super cool! Two other pieces they played tonight were, “Seasong Fantasy” and a big-band song called, “Sing Sing Sing.” Both were very entertaining.
A few weeks ago, she had her Eagle Ridge Singers concert. This is a group of kids that meet in the choir room every Thursday morning at 7:15 am (before school). This group has both girls and boys who just love to sing as an extra-curricular activity. They also performed and entertained at their school this past week for groups of sixth graders that visited and toured their school. These kids will be attending Eagle Ridge in the fall as the new seventh graders. They had a lot of fun with this and at times, combined with the Jazz Band to really get the sixth graders hyped for their new school. The band played some popular tunes and the singers couldn’t help themselves, and broke out into song and dance along with the band. It was just some fun, spur-of-the-moment craziness. Kelly said it was so much fun.
We’re so proud of Kelly and her love of music. She continues to thrive and expand her musical talents all the time. Who knows what she’ll be doing next year, but I’ll be there with my camera, enjoying every minute. We Solbergs love our music!