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Kenmore West Instrumentalists Perform Special Holiday Concert, Instrument Demo at Lindbergh

Instrumentalists at Kenmore West High School led by Band Director Kenneth Belote performed a special holiday concert at Lindbergh Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 21. Not only was the event a memorable holiday celebration for the younger students, but it also taught them about all the different band instruments they will soon be able to play.

For nearly 20 years, Belote has been bringing his students to elementary schools during the holidays to spread their love of music and performing and to educate them about different band instruments. It alternates each year; this year, it was Lindbergh Elementary’s turn.

The Kenmore West Jazz Ensemble performed a number of holiday favorites that had many students singing along. Other groups of instrumentalists from the band program came too and provided demonstrations of what their instrument sounds like and performed additional holiday songs.

In the Ken-Ton School District, music education begins in kindergarten, and students choose an instrument by fourth grade. They might very well continue playing that instrument throughout the remainder of their educational careers and beyond. It’s an important decision to make, and this event gives them insight into what each and every band instrument is all about. For many, it’s their first exposure to all the different instruments – the ones featured in the jazz ensemble as well as the flute, piccolo, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, French horn, bassoon, euphonium, tuba, and mallet percussion.

Also, since the concerts have taken place in different elementary school buildings, students across the district have been able to see Kenmore West instrumentalists in action.

The Kenmore West students performed two separate concerts for all the classes at Lindbergh Elementary. The younger students greatly enjoyed learning about the different instruments and hearing all their holiday favorites, following each song with tremendous applause.