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Lakeshore Elem marimba ensemble selected to perform in state music convention

January 31, 2019

Lakeshore Elementary’s marimba ensemble is one of six elementary schools chosen to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio on Feb. 14.

The musical group is comprised of 16 fourth and fifth graders who are required to audition before becoming a part of the group.

“It’s an audition-only group. We audition in the fall every year, and it’s a pretty tough audition of about 40 or 50 kids trying out for 16 spots,” Lakeshore Elementary’s Music Specialist Jonathan Kaciuba said.

The students perform on various xylophones, metallophones and african drums.

“We perform a style of music called Zimbabwe Marimba Music,” Kaciuba said. “It’s this genre that has started to grow throughout elementary music. I have some teacher books to teach the songs, and I also compose some of the songs myself.”

Lakeshore’s marimba ensemble was selected to perform at the TMEA on their first attempt. Performing at the state convention has been a personal goal for Kaciuba.

“It’s been kind of on the back of my mind ever since I started the group 10 years ago. I heard a group perform similar to what we do my very first year of teaching, and I said ‘someday I want a group who can do that.’ And once I had the group that can do that, and then I said, ‘someday I want to go to the TMEA and perform there’.”

The students were very excited when they received the news and are looking forward to their performance as their big day approaches.

“A big thanks to all the hard work from all the members in the last several years that we’ve had. Because in the last several years the quality of the group has really risen to allow us to do this, and I am so, so, very proud of all the hard work from this year’s group to last year’s group especially for allowing us this opportunity.”

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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