Our Little Trumpeter

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 8th, 2015 32 Replies

Amara at the Honor Band ConcertA couple of weeks ago I went with Jenna to pick Amara up from school. When the bell rang, Amara came flying out of the classroom, “Grandma, I made Honor Band!” I swear she was so excited she was jumping 2 feet off the ground while she told me. I knew that she had gotten some special music to learn and that she would have to audition. I had promised her I would take her shopping for the music book of her choice if she made the cut. She was so excited to have been picked.

Santa Ana Honor Band Program

Every year the Santa Ana Unified School District presents “the Honor Band Concert featuring Outstanding Student Musicians from Elementary, Intermediate and High Schools”. Each level would perform two or three selections. The music teachers from each of the schools had selected their best. Their students had been practicing their pieces for the last week but it wasn’t until the day of the concert that 92 5th graders from 37 different schools came together for 3 hours to practice together!

They all looked so proud sitting on stage waiting to play and they never missed a beat. We were all impressed at how well they played and how professionally they all behaved.

You can click the pictures to go to larger view.

Once again, we are all very proud of Amara!

32 thoughts on “Our Little Trumpeter

  1. Launna

    Amara is amazing Kc… she had grown so much since I first started reading your blog… it shows how well a child can excel when they have so many people that love them so much. Congratulations to Amara for working so hard ;-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It just amazes me how quickly she has grown – especially this last year. I do miss that little girl but I do love the young lady she is fast becoming.

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  2. Axiesdad aka Bob

    Thanks for sharing Amara’s latest great moment with us. I think all of us who follow your blog feel proud of “our little girl” just as you do. The pictures are wonderful as well. She is as beautiful as she is smart and talented.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She has the biggest and kindest heart, too!

      I chatted with her and her Mommy on Google hangout this morning and I told her she needed to read all the nice comments from her fans. She knows I share her with all of you.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      They do grow up so fast. It seems like just a couple of months ago we were going to her Kindergarten graduation. Sure wish we could slow time down.

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  3. Joyce

    What an accomplishment! Amara looks so happy among her high achieving peers. I know that mastering an instrument takes significant dedicated practice. I’m proud of Amara’s work ethic and talent!
    Congratulations, Grandma Kc. You are a big part of each of her successes!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so proud of her! And I am really glad that Grampy and I live so close by so that we can be so involved. I’m glad all of her grandparents are so close by! I do think it makes a difference.

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  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Three letters – WOW. I can’t play a note on any musical instrument, but I certainly understand the dedication involved. Please tell Amara congratulations on her achievement because it certainly is something that should be applauded by all of her family, friends, and fans. Her smile tells her story, and it’s a happy one.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think that first picture of her just beaming is my new favorite picture of her. It does say it all! And I did tell her that her fan club thought she did great!

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  5. Grampy

    We are proud of Amara for so many things, this is just her latest accomplishment. We’re also proud of her parents for raising such a wonderful young lady – can’t call her a little girl anymore!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      It is fun waiting to see what awesome thing she will do next! J&J really have done a great job but I think having all of us around to love and support her has helped, too!

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  6. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Oh, Kc, I think I am almost as proud of Amara as you are! Please tell her CONGRATULATIONS from me! I was in the band all through school (clarinet, then bass clarinet in high school), so I know how hard she has to work! Yay, Amara!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      While Amara does go to a great school one of the draw backs is they only offer band for 5th grade. I wish Amara could continue band and I really hope her parents continue music lessons for her.

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  7. SarahBeth ~ Along Magnolia Lane

    You have every right to be proud! Congrats to Amara! My daughter Stephanie (Noli’s mom) played violin in Jr. High — we moved when she was going into high school and the new school didn’t have orchestra :( She plays guitar now but only occasionally gets out the violin. I wonder what instrument Noli will decide on… both her parents are musical so she’ll probably play something!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I sure hope Amara continues with her trumpet. She is faced with a similar situation to Stephanie, her school is K-8 but until a couple of years ago it was K-5 and so they only offer band to 5th graders. I would hate to see her quit.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am so glad Amara is so well rounded. You see to many children that only get exposed to one thing. What if it is the wrong thing? We are really proud of her!

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  8. Sandy

    What an achievement to be part of Honor Band! We are so proud of Amara and know she worked very hard to be selected. Tell her that her cousin, Josh, played trumpet in junior high and then switched to tuba in high school. Thankfully it was so big he didn’t bring it home to practice often!! When he joined the Navy, he played tuba in the Navy Recruit Training Band! It was amazing to see him in his Navy uniform performing during graduation ceremony in the band! I was the proudest mom there!! Who knows where Amara’s musical path will take her??

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I bet you were the proudest Mom there! I had forgotten that Josh played in the Navy Band. There was a short lived TV series called “Killer Women” and the lead character was a female Texas Ranger who played trumpet in a jazz band in her off hours — I told Amara that could be her! The star was also 5’11″ which could easily be Amara, too someday! Who knows where she will end up but it is sure fun to watch!

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  9. Grampy

    I was just looking at the pictures again. That smile, or should I say big grin, when she looks up and sees her grandmother or me waving at her or trying to get her attention – Priceless!!!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      And a big thank you to Grampy for getting me such a great camera to capture those smiles with! xo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Like reading she gets music from all sides of her family. I do think music is good for the soul.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I hope the school band gets to do another performance for the lower grades before the year is over. It really is fun to watch them and to see how proud and confident they have become.

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