Saturday, March 12, 2011

Highland Jr. Orchestra!...

This year, our family has 5 cousins in the 7th and 8th grade at Highland Jr. High.  They are also all in orchestra!  It has been fun going to concerts and seeing how much all of them have improved!  Erin and Kami play the violin, Cassie, Brecklyn and Austin play the cello.  This concert we were also thrilled to get to watch Courtney play in the Highland High School Symphony!  They were AMAZING!  I can't go without telling the funny story that you will see a picture of Erin laughing at in the collage.  Austin had gone to sit down after his performance and when they all sat down, realized he didn't have a seat so he just kinda sat between the rows by his cousins.  While Mrs. Bennett was getting ready for the 8th grade orchestra to play their song, she noticed Austin crouched down in the middle of the row.  She called him out over the microphone--"Austin--why aren't you in a seat?  There are plenty of seats right up here--get up and move into one."  So Austin gets up--moves to the aisle with EVERYONE in the auditorium watching him.  We were sitting right by Katie--(Todd's sister--Austin's mom) and she couldn't help but yell, "WOOO AUSTIN!" really loud.  Then we hear Cindy yell up front as well.  Austin couldn't help himself and throws the ASU Sun Devil sign like a ROCKSTAR as he goes to his seat up front.  You could tell their orchestra teacher was PISSED (and she let him know that the next day), but I have to admit, we were all laughing so hard at him!  Katie said that his teacher really doesn't like the kids who do sports, and gives him a hard time because he doesn't practice all that much (Erin hasn't touched her violin at home since we bought it by the way!).  She just had to get a little cheer in so Austin wasn't so embarrassed.  We are so proud of these kids for sticking with Orchestra and doing such a great job!  We LOVE you guys--even you AUSTIN!  :)

2 comments:

Larissa said...

How funny. We LOVE Mrs. Bennett. She is Connor's director at the Metropolitan Youth Symphony, and he loves her so much that we are open enrolling him in Highland JH next year instead of South Valley. She is an amazing teacher, but I can see how she might be put off by the kids that don't practice... sorta like a math teacher would be pissed if kids showed up to class without their homework done. LOL

Is Erin in 8th grade this year? That's awesome that she stuck with it, because didn't she have to choose orchestra as an elective? That's a hard choice when you are a 7th grader. So many other fun electives that you have to pass up. Good for her! :-)

Tami said...

You will LOVE Highland Jr. and Mrs. Bennett is a GREAT teacher! Erin is in 8th grade--but Mrs. Bennett also helps at the high school level--so we will still be seeing her next year. Erin does sports, as well as piano and it's hard to keep up with the practicing--but she has improved SO much having Mrs. Bennett the last two years. The program she has built is amazing!

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