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Solo Spotlight

Senior Jalina Williams practicing her solo routine. Photo by Madison Purcell

Madison Purcell
Staff Writer

Any instrumentalist, whether they play the kazoo or sing or play the clarinet, is going to get an opportunity to solo.
The Kayhi Bands started off the 2019-2020 school year with 10 incoming seniors who are ready to be in the spotlight. 
Jazz band and Wind Ensemble member Senior Jalina Williams has been soloing in school bands since 8th grade year. 
“When I first saw that I had a solo I kind of went, ‘Oh no this isn’t going to be good, help,’” said Williams. 
Soloing in class can be scary. Forming a routine can help ease the pressure.  
“To get comfortable I look at it, listen to it, play it, and practice it,” said Williams. “I really get into the solo.”
When the solo is good enough for personal acceptance, then it would be time to prepare for the real purpose of playing music: performing in front of an audience.
Soloists that thrive off of the audience’s reaction have a hard time with feeling good about their solo, but the ones that can reflect on themselves are the soloists that can adapt and get better. 
“They’re not important to me because the only opinion that matters is my own,” said Williams. “If it was good it was good, if it was bad it was bad… oh well”.
As a professional, things get simpler. 
Ketchikan Rain City Band Drummer Mike Purcell knows that being the only drummer in a band means the entire performance is like one big long solo.
“Because I’m playing the drums, I think about how comfortable I will be soloing,” said Purcell.  “Like the different time signatures and how far I can go with it and my abilities.” 
Soloing is different with each instrument. When drummers also have a solo they are then having to add to the beats and make more of what they’re already playing. 
“It makes a difference for me,” he said. “What time signatures, how capable I am with the beat, and how far I can go with the solo.” 
Soloists should always be comfortable when they solo to be able to please the audience. 
“You’re playing music for somebody usually, so you want to make sure they’re enjoying it,” he said. 
The point of a solo is to enhance the melody with a single instrument while highlighting an individual’s skill. 
“I think less is more,” said Purcell. “If you do it once in a while it is more satisfying. No one wants to listen to someone soloing all the time.” 
In a band setting, soloing takes a lot of hard work and practice. 
“Practice is the only way you can prepare,” he said. “Go over it, try a few different variations. When you actually do the solo it usually ends up different anyways.” 
Soloing is the pathway between being in a band and to being an instrumentalist; use every opportunity to solo and have a plan on how you would prepare. 
“That’s the neat thing about soloing. You might just have a basic idea of what you’re going to do. It’s always going to be a little different each time once you know what you’re doing”.

Peace Week

Kayhi’s Peace Pole. Photo by Preston McLaren

Preston McLaren
Staff writer

This week at Kayhi is Peace Week. The goal is to bring more peace and belonging to the students and staff of Kayhi. English teacher Sarah Campbell the organizer of Peace Week and one of 4 people selected in the country as a peace teacher wants peace to mean more.
“Peace is a lot more than just a peace sign,” said Campbell. “Basically it’s trying to live in harmony without violence, without aggression, trying to promote kindness.”
Senior Emma Campbell and president of Rotary interact club said what Peace week really is.
“During this week students learn more about peace and how it is important for our school, community, and world,” said Campbell. “The Kayhi Rotary Interact Club sells peace candy grams and we raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas. This week-long event leads up to an assembly where we have guest speakers come in and address our school.”
Mrs. Campbell was inspired to begin Peace Week after visiting schools in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Campbell organized it and it worked well both previous years.
“We had the idea of getting a peace pole and planting it at our school,” Campbell said. “To do that we needed to have a big school-wide assembly and so that started the first #kingsforpeace assembly.”
Mrs. Campbell wants to showcase peace in our school, community, and get people involved in peace around the school.
“It was a really nice way to showcase student groups doing things to promote peace and kindness within our school,” she said. “So it was really great to have all of these various student groups involved and I think that helped get people engaged in the assembly.”

Kayhi Rotary Interact is selling peace grams at lunchtime in the commons for $3 each.
All proceeds are going to a community-based project and Hurricane Dorian relief.