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By Min Park (7th Grade, Brown Middle School)


   Playing an instrument is very rewarding, especially if you enjoy music. I play the flute and we just had a instrument concert at school. I go to Brown Middle School near the Boston area and we have a small school band. 


   We have a conductor and about 30 students. Our band teacher thinks that we have a lot of talent and tries to give us a lot of concerts and recitals. We have at least three band concerts a year and she tries to give us recitals if anyone participates. The key word here is tries. Everyone is so busy, we don’t have many recitals. 


   Also, to play in the recital, you have to audition to play. I mean, we don’t even have that many kids, but to audition, who would even try? Well, I would, I want a good grade in band! Everyone who wanted to play in the showcase could play. Some kids sang too. 


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   It was nerve wrecking when it was my turn because everyone was so good. I also have a problem with playing the flute in front of other people so it was a challenge for me. From playing the cello to playing a chinese flute, there was very different styles of instruments. Everyone was astonished by the Chinese flute because it was so different from what we have been hearing before. 


   I played “Offertoire” by Johannes Donjon. It is a wonderful piece and I was so honored to learn it. It was also the Junior District audition piece. Junior District is an audition where kids practice a solo piece and audition to get in the festival. I had to practice for a long time with the piece and it was very difficult. 


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   I also had to practice for the scales- chromatic, major and minor scales. Unfortunately, I didn’t get in. I decided to participate in the recital after because I worked so hard for the piece and I wanted to show how much work I had done. There was a kid who played “Kiss The Rain” by Yiruma and it was absolutely beautiful. I was proud that I was Korean. One of the singers sang “ There’s a shark in the water” by VV Brown, and it was just amazing. It was a great experience and I would really want to participate again.