Story of tuba player hits a good note

Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2006

It was a pleasure to read the story you had in Thursday’s (March 16) paper, about the young woman tuba player who was selected to play in the Philadelphia Orchestra. It’s important for our young aspiring musicians in the community to know that these things can and do happen out there in the Outside world.

We have a number of excellent low brass players and teachers who live and work in our community and who have inspired young people to go out and study music, teachers such as Dave Schmidt, Kent Peterson, and Vernel Schneider, and local players such as Dr. Steve Hileman and Dan Thornton.

I’m in admiration of our small community, with so many outstanding role models. I don’t know of many small towns who could boast the kind of low brass players that we have right here.

Maybe one day, we will be reading about a Kenai Peninsula graduate being accepted into one of the top symphonies.

Thank you so much for featuring an inspirational story like this.

Maria Allison


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