Band Is My Livelihood

Tony’s Story
I didn’t come from a musical family. My mother was an English teacher and my father was a mortgage banker. There were pianos at both of my grandparents’ houses though, and I suppose my earliest musical curiosities were explored on those instruments. It became clear early on however that my inclinations were percussive.

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Music Education Is My Livelihood

Kyle’s Story
One of the defining moments in my cultural career was in the fourth grade at Pershing Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was time to try out stringed instruments. Mrs. Rosemary Brown came to our class with violins, violas, cellos, and basses. I was so excited! When it was my turn; she had me try the viola and immediately said, “You have very strong shoulders. The viola will be good for you.” As a 9-year-old boy, I was sold.Kyle playing saxophone

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“Dance Like No One Is Watching” Is My Livelihood

Karli’s Story
Dance runs in our family. My sister and I grew up knowing how fond of dance my mother was, and at a young age started attending the same studio she did, focusing on ballet, tap, and jazz with other children of the same age group. The passion and emotion I saw in my mother as she helped teach us the different postures and steps transferred over to me. My parents even bought me a video compilation of Michael Jackson videos and so I could memorize and perform his routines.Attachment1

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Poetry Is My Livelihood

Twyla’s Story
I did not attempt creative writing when I was young because I had no notion I could. My unlikely path to poetry—to creativity, really—was detoured by everyday life: growing up, marrying, starting a family, working, attending college as a non-traditional student. By the time I graduated with a degree in horticulture, I thought I knew what I wished to do and where I was headed. Not exactly.

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