By Hannah Wolfe
Cougar News Blog
Cactus Canyon Junior High band students will be attending all four elementary schools in the Apache Junction Unified School District this year. They are going to perform in front of the elementary school’s fifth and sixth graders, and “show off” their instruments and talent.
The main reason for the trips to Superstition Mountain, Desert Vista, Four Peaks, and Peralta Trail elementary schools is so they can influence younger music lovers and others that are interested in playing an instrument at Cactus Canyon.
“We want to inspire sixth graders to take music classes in junior high,” said band and orchestra teacher Aimee Vining. “We also perform for the fifth graders hoping they will continue in sixth grade, or start new in sixth grade.”
Cactus Canyon’s seventh and eighth graders both perform, but the students that end up performing are all advanced band members. Fourteen students go on each trip.
“You can answer any questions the elementary schoolers have for you, and play for them. It usually looks like they have fun,” said eighth grade flute player, Audrey Powell.
Vining says that each band member picks a short section from the music they learn in class, and they play their selection to the schools. They have already attended Peralta Trail Elementary School in Gold Canyon, and will be attending the three other schools at the end of March.
“I enjoy band because it gives me a break from normal school and gives me a chance to play instruments with other kids,” said Powell.