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