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5/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman High ensemble conquers California contest
Bassoon players, from left, Lily Rhoades and Cherry Niel play their bassoons during a Kingman High School wind ensemble practice session. Behind them, Nick Altman and Chandler Zimmerman wait to join in.KIM STEELE/Miner
Bassoon players, from left, Lily Rhoades and Cherry Niel play their bassoons during a Kingman High School wind ensemble practice session. Behind them, Nick Altman and Chandler Zimmerman wait to join in.
Band director Michael Schreiber leads members of the wind ensemble.KIM STEELE/Miner
Band director Michael Schreiber leads members of the wind ensemble.

Kim Steele
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - After years of ranking below Kingman High School's marching and jazz bands, the school's concert band program is finally beginning to make a name for itself.

The KHS wind ensemble, which is part of the concert band program, competed in the Music in the Parks Festival recently in Valencia, Calif., and earned a superior rating.

It also won first place in the Class AA Concert Band division and took top prize as Best Overall Concert Band spanning all divisions.

The ensemble consists of 40 students in all four high school grades.

"The marching and jazz bands here have a history of being great," said Michael Schreiber, now in his third year as band director. "But the concert band program traditionally has been so-so. We have put more focus on it and now are making a name for ourselves and being competitive.

"We just blew everyone out of the water in California, and it's nice to have the people take notice of us."

Several ensemble members credit Schreiber with the change.

Damian Garcia, 17, a senior who plays baritone saxophone, has been in the ensemble since he was a freshman and has noticed a difference since Schreiber took over. Garcia said Schreiber is strict when he needs to be, but also laid back as a band director.

"We've always been a great group together, but over the past few years, we've really improved," said Garcia. "He has helped us grow through his leadership and charisma. He challenges us by using harder music and pushing us beyond our comfort zone.

"I'm proud of being able to represent Kingman as a group to other cities that didn't know we existed."

Lily Rhoades, 17, a senior who plays bassoon, has participated in the ensemble for four years. Rhoades said she is proud of the recent growth that has enabled the group to bring trophies home from California.

She also points to Schreiber as the driving force behind the changes in the wind ensemble's status.

"He's always challenging us to do better," said Rhoades. "He has incredible leadership skills and can read the mood of the band, using it to encourage us to move forward."

The wind ensemble will participate in a free concert with the KHS concert band at 7 p.m. today in the school's auditorium.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Bearer

Good on you youngsters and their teachers.

Be proud, you deserve it!

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Dannies Joy

Kudos to the Band Director and Students! As a parent of a student who started playing Trumpet in the Band as a sixth grade student, went on to take many awards in both Concert & Jazz Band, State Titles in a group and solo division in Texas. At 16 she became a volunteer member of Bugles Across America (playing live Taps at military funerals), then went on to gain a full ride music scholarship to a private University. Hard work, dedication and love of music are the components needed to get that scholarship and take you as far as you want to go.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Congrats Band! Proud of you. Keep up the good work.

Some of my happiest memories were in the band here. Such fun. I DO love High School bands. It extended to my children, four of which played in High School bands in Texas and like me, they loved it and had a ball.

You will look back when you're old and smile at these moments.

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

Way to go, KHS Band! You rock!

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: Glenda Erwin

Congratulations to the KHS Concert Band! Music is such an important part of our lives, and when kids are involved in music, it improves not only their lives, but the whole community.

I just hope that as a society, we would recognize that and encourage every child to get involved with music in one way or another playing instruments, singing, dancing, etc. Mr. Schreiber, you are to be congratulated as well for being the force behind these kids and their success!

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