Friday, April 25, 2008

Colbey's Growing Up

These past two weeks has brought some big things for Colbey.

He gave his first talk in Sacrament Meeting! He did really well, and I can prove it. I recorded him for posterity's sake. (You can check out his talk at the bottom of the blog.) He was given the topic of becoming like a little child. He asked how to research the topic as I was heading out the door so I told him to go to and play around to see what he could find.

When I got back, he showed me what he'd found and what he wanted to use. I organized it and put in the small sentences between what he wanted to present and he practiced saying it over and over. I was so proud of him! He took this opportunity seriously and put his all into it.

The following Saturday, he attended Solo and Ensemble for the University Interscholastic League. We walked up and were told that the people before him hadn't shown up so he could go right in. He didn't have a chance to warm up but he handled it like a pro. He asked the adjudicator to help him tune to the keyboard I was playing and after playing a couple of notes to "warm up", he played his solo fabulously. The adjudicator asked how long he had been playing and then said he had a very mature sound for his age.

He got a copy of her adjucation sheet on Monday. It said,

"Hi, Colbey -

Thank you for being here today! Good opening! Nice choice of tempo! Good control on upper notes! Good maturity of sound. I'm very impressed with your playing. You are very well-prepared! You have lots of potential on saxophone!


He received a rating of 1. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of thing, a 1 is the absolute top score available.)