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Meet Kyla Stivers

Kyla has become a soulful soloist with Jazz I while maintaining a broad range of talents by playing piano and trumpet in Jazz III, picking up tuba for Concert Band, and playing synthesizer for Winter Drumline.

Instruments: Saxophone, tuba, keyboard

Which non-music classes are you excited about next year? Physiology

Which course are you dreading? Math and ENGLISH. OH MY GOD I HATE THEM SO MUCH!

Favorite teacher outside of the Music Department: Mrs. Beckman, Mrs. Carey, Ms. Kennedy, Mr. Cline, Mr. Stolte, Mr. Groves and Mr. Foster (I couldn't choose just one)

What piece(s) of music have you spent the most time practicing? On Sax, “Confirmation” by Charlie Parker and on piano, “Mad Rush” by Phillip Glass

Favorite musical piece/tune from this school year? Jazz 1, “If I Could, ” Concert Band, “The Red Balloon,” Wind Ensemble Honors,” “Blue and Green Music,” Symphonic Band, “The Seal Lullaby,” and Jazz III, “Breathe.” (Again, I couldn't choose just one)

What part of the ACHS Music program has had the most impact on you and why? Marching Band and Winter Drumline. They’re where I’ve made me the most friends, and they’ve helped me discover what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have learned so much from all the staff members, and it's practically shaped who I am today. All of my friends have been made through this program, and I've grown so much more independent and confident because of these two ensembles. Each year, it's what keeps me motivated to get out of bed and to keep myself together so I can perform to the best of my abilities on the field//floor. Specifically, the staff members are what has affected me the most. They are some of the most inspiring people I have ever encountered, and I want to be able to be as amazing as they are. To be able to say that they are my instructors is such an honor.

With all of this time in quarantine, I have been... practicing and playing video games with my HPB friends across the county :)

What I've been watching in quarantine: I actually don't watch Netflix or any kind of TV stuff. I have been watching a lot of “Perfect Pitch” and science videos on pitch recognition and stuff recently.

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