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KCCB: never a disappointment
By Judith Green


May 29, 2009
Friday AM

Attending any performance under the direction of Roy McPherson is indeed always a pleasure. A Celebration of 50 Years: Alaska Statehood was no different. From Alaska's Flag to America, the Beautiful - an evening of superb music on stage at Kayhi.

Roy has a special way of showering encouragement on young people. <See the list of youth bands he, and his wifeTina, work with all year long.> AND showcasing their talent and individuality. (Again) Tonight was no different. Acknowledged tonight were 3 young ladies who are part of this band, and each also has a parent who participates: Jolene Pflaum, Kim Stone, Lindy Parsons. These young ladies are graduating this year from Kayhi. Their talent will be missed in each of 3 sections: trombone/tuba, trumpet, french horn. Jolene played the Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto for Trombone and Band and did an outstanding performance! As one young member in the audience put it: WOW! Others commented: I didn't know the trombone could do all that.

Showcased also were 2 young people who grew up in Ketchikan and graduated from Kayhi: Allen Larsen and Shawn Sande. The band played The Great Land, a composition by Allen dedicated to his friend Shawn who was killed in an avalanche. Allen's poor health took his own young life. While listening to this piece, we watched a slideshow of Alaska put together by Miguel Torres, a band member.

The band played Semper Paratus, the official march of the US Coast Guard. Roy introduced this as a tribute to the men and women who have served in our community, played in KCCB through the years, some of whom have returned to make Ketchikan home.

Intermission? Oh yes, we always look forward to board member Jim Alguire's witty intermission and drawing for the basket full of KCCB goodies.

The rest of the program? Well, I am not a music critic and there is not enough room to write all. Suffice to say: BRAVO! Roy and KCCB band members.

Roy thanked the high school seniors, the band members AND the audience and the community. We, the audience and community say: THANK YOU Roy for sharing your passion for good music.

Judith Green
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 23, 2008 - Published May 29, 2009


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