Friday was a big celebration day at Arctic Village School. We were celebrating the end of Music Week with a special Christmas recital for the community; we celebrated the Christmas holiday with a big feast; and it was the end of our first semester of school. Only one more to go.
Mike and I served the community.
Everyone chowing down.
A student practices her "G" chord before the recital.
The middle school/high school Arctic Village band.
An elementary student sits in for a couple songs on her fiddle.
Trimble in the fiddle "First Chair", leading the fiddle and Gwich'in parts.
The next generation of guitar pickers tuning up.
After a week of group and individual music lessons the kids sounded great. I'm still awed by how engaged my students are with music. My challenge for the new year is to continue the music program and have instruments in my students hands at least 1-2 days a week, hopefully more. Belle, is very excited about coming back to Arctic Village and recording an album with the students.