All in the fam­ily

Mul­ti­ple sets of sib­lings carry on the legacy as they con­tinue to play in­stru­ments in KISH con­cert and jazz bands

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - MOVERS & MAKERS - MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY

KENS­ING­TON — Play­ing mu­sic is a fam­ily mat­ter for a num­ber of Kens­ing­ton In­ter­me­di­ate High School stu­dents.

Cur­rently, four sets of sib­lings are mem­bers of the school’s band – Lily and Chloe Greenan, Kait­lynn and Caleb McKenna, Bran­don and Dy­lan Moase and Joseph and Em­i­lie Reilly.

Re­cently the school’s jazz and con­cert bands won sil­ver at the At­lantic Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion with schools per­form­ing from across North Amer­ica. The com­pe­ti­tion was held in On­tario.

“KISH is unique, not only be­cause of the fam­ily ties, but we’re the only band on the Is­land with mem­bers from Grade 8 to 12. Nobody gets cut, nobody is ex­cluded, that was an im­por­tant part of the pro­gram,” said band in­struc­tor An­gela Profit.

“We have mem­bers with sib­lings that will potentiall­y be join­ing the band next year, con­tin­u­ing on the tra­di­tion, but we’ve also had sev­eral sets of sib­lings at the same time like we do now.”

Profit said the hard work the sib­lings, and all band mem­bers, have put into their prac­tis­ing, per­fect­ing and per­form­ing is com­mend­able.

“It’s re­ally out­stand­ing. Band is a big com­mit­ment. We have ear­ly­morn­ing prac­tices ev­ery day, as well as prac­tices at lunch and after school. They all work to­gether as a team with a goal in mind. It’s re­ally great to see.”

It’s be­cause of their hard work that the band brought home the hard­ware.

“We were the only Is­land band there. And we’re re­ally the only band that has Grade 8 and 9 stu­dents that play at that cal­i­bre. They re­ally step up to the chal­lenge.”

Profit said it was a wel­comed recog­ni­tion in light of the de­clin­ing en­rol­ment the pro­gram has seen in the last sev­eral years.

“To win, know­ing the way things are, was re­ally sat­is­fy­ing for ev­ery­one.”

Grade 9 band stu­dent Kalev DesRoches was named one of the top soloists of the fes­ti­val, scor­ing a 94 and plac­ing third out of 12.

“I al­ways thought I’d get some

award from band, but I never thought it would be this soon, that it would be that day,” said the sax­o­phon­ist.

“Win­ning the soloist award and hav­ing the bands win, there was a real sense of ac­com­plish­ment. You’re thor­oughly do­ing some­thing that you en­joy.”

Kalev learned of his win about a week after the fes­ti­val. Now he’s anx­iously wait­ing for his tro­phy to come in the mail.

“He puts a lot of ex­tra hours into both bands,” Profit said.

“He at­tends all of the re­hearsals,” she said of Kalev’s ded­i­ca­tion and drive.

Kalev added, “We all did our part, I guess I did mine.”

MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Kens­ing­ton In­ter­me­di­ate Se­nior High band stu­dents re­cently brought home some hard­ware from the At­lantic Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic which was held in On­tario. What’s more, four pairs of sib­lings were part of the win­ning con­cert and jazz bands. From left are Kait­lynn McKenna, Bran­don Moase, Kalev DesRoches, Dy­lan Moase, Em­i­lie Reilly, Joseph Reilly, Chloe Greenan and Lily Greenan. Kalev was named one of the top soloists of the fes­ti­val. Miss­ing from photo is Caleb McKenna.

MIL­LI­CENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Angie Profit, band teacher for the Kens­ing­ton In­ter­me­di­ate Se­nior High School band, is proud of the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work the band stu­dents have put into their mu­si­cal craft, which was re­cently re­warded when they brought home sil­ver stand­ings from the At­lantic Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic.

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