FAM­ILY MAT­TERS

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - MOVERS & MAKERS -

The Greenans:

“You al­ways have some­one to prac­tise with,” said Chloe, a Grade 12 stu­dent and co­pres­i­dent of the band ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

“It feels bet­ter when you know you did it to­gether… there’s no sib­ling ri­valry there,” Lily (Grade 10) said with a laugh.

The McKen­nas:

For Kait­lynn, join­ing the band was another way for her to fol­low in her brother’s foot­steps. “My brother is my role model. See­ing him have so much, en­joy­ing all the trips and en­joy­ing new experience­s was a big fac­tor in join­ing the band.” Kait­lynn, a Grade 8 stu­dent, plays the oboe. This is her first year as a mem­ber of the band. “Our fam­ily has been re­ally sup­port­ive of both of us.”

The Moases:

Since first pick­ing up an in­stru­ment in Grade 7, Bran­don wanted to con­tinue to play mu­sic – start­ing in the band set­ting.

“I re­ally liked play­ing the in­stru­ment. And my brother was in the band. It was a rea­son I thought about join­ing,” said Bran­don, who plays the bari­tone sax­o­phone. Dy­lan added, “I joined with my friends. I stayed after they left. Now my brother sits right in front of me at the tim­pani. I like to hit it hard.” For Em­i­lie and Joseph Reilly, play­ing in the band has meant a place to be­long.

“I don’t play sports, this gave me a way to par­tic­i­pate in my school,” said Em­i­lie, Grade 11. For Joseph hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to play the elec­tric bass was a de­cid­ing fac­tor. They both agreed it was a way to ex­plore more creative sides of them­selves.

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