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Encouraging talent in our schools: help support Fort Collins’ first student house band!

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We all have probably heard of the importance of music in schools. Students who study music are opened up to a world of creativity that can enhance learning in other subjects. Our own Poudre School District in Fort Collins offers various music programs to its students, including extracurricular opportunities for bands and choirs, but there is one group going above and beyond to showcase musical talent in our schools.

Over one year ago, Suna Thomas and staff members from Kinard Middle School noticed that many students had musical talents but were unable to play in traditional school bands. Some kids had been playing instruments such as guitar and bass for many years, but had no outlet for their creativity and talent within the school system. With the support of the Fort Collins community, the hopes of Suna and many students became a reality- one month ago, Kinard Middle School formed the Poudre School District’s first “House Band.”

Auditions were held, and 7 students were picked to participate in this unique music program. Instruments include guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, electric drums, and even electric violin. Instructor David Parsons leads the House Band, and holds rehearsal twice a week. Not only do the band members regularly show up to practice, which is held before classes begin in the morning, according to Suna they often show up early, and enthusiastically get in as much play time as they can. That is serious dedication!

And all the hard work is definitely beginning to pay off for these kids. The Kinard Middle School House Band is generating a ton of buzz in Fort Collins, earning support from the Fort Collins Music Association, Colorado Contemporary Music College, Shaped Music, Chipper’s Lanes, Valpak, and Northern Colorado radio station KISS FM. Even local music instructors and lots of music stores around town have lent tremendous support. The response to the House Band in such a short period of time demonstrates both the student’s amazing musical ability and the willingness of organizations and individuals in Fort Collins to step up and support aspiring musicians.

We look forward to hearing more from these students in the coming months. There is work to be done as the House Band continues to perfect their sound, and as the program seeks to gain more support through events and fundraisers. There is a huge need for us to foster musical endeavors such as these as they get off the ground. As Suna noted, “no one has ever done this before.” The ability of everyone at Kinard Middle School to build this program organically is truly impressive, and deserves the continuing support of Fort Collins.

The ultimate goal of the House Band program is to encourage students in their chosen activities, even when they do not fit into the “typical” system of school extracurriculars. Suna said, “We hope that the success that is achieved at Kinard will be a catalyst for others to follow in our footsteps and give more of these type of talented kids the same opportunity to be recognized.” Just imagine how it must feel for any student to know that their own interests are supported and encouraged by their own community.

Check out the Kinard Middle School House Band’s amazing musical talent here!  You can also see them play live early next year, as they have been invited to perform during intermission at a Colorado Eagles game! Beet Street will be keeping you updated on event details as this program continues to grow.

If you would like more information on how you can support the House Band program, please contact us here at Beet Street. After all, recognizing talents of all kinds is vital to inspiring true creativity and learning.

6 Responses to 'Encouraging talent in our schools: help support Fort Collins’ first student house band!'

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  1. I am so excited to see this band spotlighted here. I have taught the drummer from this band for the last few years and it is so true that there is no real creative outlet for rock musicians in public schools. Way to go Kinard Middle School! Keep it up.

    Matt Cramer

    5 Nov 09 at 10:24 am

  2. Wow you guys sound awesome…that was so cool!
    (I think it’s time for Michelle to get an electric violin)
    Keep it up!

    Hannah M.

    15 Nov 09 at 9:05 pm

  3. What a great idea . . . I will be contacting David to see if they’d like to be guests on our weekly ‘Kids Show’, here at KRFC 88.9 fm, Sundays from 4-5 pm. Thanks for the story!

    Vincent Burkardt

    25 Nov 09 at 3:31 pm

  4. Wow!! Terrific insight and dedication on the part of Suna Thomas to recognize the opportunity for developing this talent that might not be developed to its fullest extent in the traditional arena They really sound good and continue to progress which is proof of their desire and committment. These are the ones we will be paying big buck to see their concerts in the future. The birthing of stars.

    Jimmie B

    30 Nov 09 at 5:48 am

  5. Thanks for all your comments! I think it’s great that the community is encouraging these young artists to keep up their craft. I love the ideas for getting the word out there, like using the Kids Show.

    And an update on the House Band- their performance at a Colorado Eagles game will take place on January 16th. Come out and show your support!


    1 Dec 09 at 1:07 pm

  6. This is very informative and useful post.
    keep going on.

    music production

    24 Mar 10 at 1:32 am

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