Searching for silver linings

Searching for silver linings“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu


I know Distance Learning is exhausting for everyone, but I wanted to share a poignant moment from this morning. All of our band kids start school an hour early, which means that Peter starts playing the mellophone around 6:45 at our kitchen table every morning. It’s become part of the background in our routine, but this morning I was listening more closely than usual while he collaborated with his section about how to refine parts and sync up to perform a difficult passage (and, incidentally, one of my favorites: James Horner’s opening theme from the score of "The Mask of Zorro.") Anyone who has performed in a vocal or instrumental ensemble knows how incredibly difficult it is to coordinate when you’re sitting in the same room. I am utterly amazed that our kids are learning to do this from countless kitchen tables, basements and living rooms across our community. However many things are falling through the cracks during this difficult format, I see my son learning discipline, cooperation, good listening skills, patience and perseverance. Amber Diane Petersen, I know that this probably wasn’t what you had in mind for your first year as music director, but I think you are doing a fantastic job for our kids. — Rebecca Neipp

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Story First Published: 2020-08-28