Kaley Redmond has been in band since 5th grade, but started playing clarinet in the 3rd grade. She remembers coming home from school one night and her mom had the case in her hand and said she was going to learn to play it whether she liked it or not. At first, she was a little hesitant and didn’t want to practice at all. Once she got into the routine of practicing on a daily basis, she realized that she loved music and wanted to continue her passion.
So, here came middle school. She was in 6th grade playing clarinet as first chair. It wasn’t just given to her though, she had to earn it. She also took private lessons to become better and the results were clear. She was first chair all throughout middle school and had to challenge those people who wanted to take her spot. She lost some and she won some. All that mattered in that moment was having fun, and she did. One day in 8th grade, Mr. Monroe, the band director here at Butler, came to talk to the band kids who were going there the following year, she was one of those.
Then high school came along and she knew she was going to sign up for band. What she didn’t know, however was that high school had a marching band. She decided to try to convince her mom to let her try it, and she did.
So, here she was, that July, at band camp. She loved doing it but had to quit due to some personal circumstances. She also quit band so she could take a break. Band and music has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. She deeply misses it and will get back in it next year in college.
Words from Kaley: Plato once said ” Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” I totally agree. Music has helped me through the ups and downs of life. So now you know where my band career started and how long I have played. For those of you in any type of music, I hope you have that strong passion for it like I do. Never let it go.