Marimba Recital

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“Marimba Recital” Cedar Park, 2019

This afternoon we hosted a marimba recital at our home. One of our friends is a marimba instructor, but she didn’t have space to hold a recital, so Mariko offered the use of our home. We don’t have too much space either, but I guess it’s a little larger and we have a nice marimba for the students to perform on so it worked out to be a nice solution. In addition to the students performing, Koa and another high-schooler performed a couple of pieces, and Koa and the instructor even performed a Christmas duet. It was really cool!

I enjoyed the holiday recital, and hope we can host more of these, as long as there are not too many students. 😆


Koa’s Percussion Performances

"2018-19 VRHS Percussion" Cedar Park, 2019
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“2018-19 VRHS Percussion” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。This evening, Koa performed three pieces at his high school’s percussion concert: a solo, a duet, and ensemble. He sounded great!

Here are the recordings I made of the solo and duet. Please watch and listen!

Middle School Percussion Concert

"Solo" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Solo” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

This evening, Koa performed at the percussion concert – both solo and ensemble. He was so happy that he got chosen as a soloist, and he did great! He got a huge round of applause at the end, which was really cool. 👏

Besides the solo, his percussion section performed two pieces, and they rocked the house. I’ve heard and seen them perform the pieces before, so I knew it was going to be great, and they did not disappoint.

"Ensemble" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Ensemble” Cedar Park, 2018

Next year, Koa will be moving on to high school, and he’ll continue with percussion in the band there. The percussion director is the same for his middle school and high school so the transition will be easier. It’s great that he’s found something that he’s really into! His middle school band experience was truly a positive one, and he learned a lot about hard work, discipline, and respect. I am so glad he was in band, and in percussion in particular. I have to say that a lot of the credit goes to the band director, who is strict but dedicated. We really got lucky that he was the director at our kids’ middle school! 🎶

"8th Graders" Cedar Park, 2018
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“8th Graders” Cedar Park, 2018

I hope you had a nice Tuesday!