Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace recognizes top high school musician

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Lynnwood High School junior Kaelyn Stanton (second from right) was awarded the 2014 Pelland Trumpet by the Music4Life program Friday morning at the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace meeting at Swedish Edmonds. Joining Stanton for the presentation were parents Jill and Eric Stanton and Chelsea Tripp, Immediate Past President (Rotary) and President of Music4LIfe's organizing committee. (Photos by David Pan)
Lynnwood High School junior Kaelyn Stanton (second from right) was awarded the 2014 Pelland Trumpet by the Music4Life program Friday morning at the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace’s meeting at Swedish Edmonds. Joining Stanton for the presentation were parents Eric (left) and Jill Stanton and Chelsea Tripp, Immediate Past President (Rotary) and President of Music4Life’s organizing committee. (Photos by David Pan)

Lynnwood High School’s Kaelyn Stanton was awarded the 2014 Pelland Trumpet during a presentation at Friday’s Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace Friday morning at Swedish Edmonds.

The award recognizes exceptional talent in a young trumpet player. The Pelland Trumpet is a performance-level a Bach Stradivarius instrument donated to the Music4Life program by Micaela Pelland of Lake Forest Park.

The recipient is selected annually by secondary school music teachers in the Edmonds School District on the basis on talent and long-term interest in studying music. This is the second year that Stanton has received the award.

Stanton is a member of the Lynnwood High School Band and participates in both the top honor’s level wind ensemble and top jazz ensemble. She will have use of the Pelland Trumpet for the 2014-15 school year. It will be reacquired by the Music4Life organization next spring for any repairs and other maintenance that are needed.

Lynnwood High School junior Kaelyn Staton performs for members of the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace.
Lynnwood High School junior Kaelyn Stanton performs for members of the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace.

Music teachers in the Edmonds School District will select the following year’s recipient year next. Stanton will be eligible to receive it again at that time as long as she is enrolled in the District.

Music4LIfe acquires musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and provides them free of charge to participating public school districts for use by elementary-age students of low income families. The Pelland Trumpet is awarded to a deserving high school student regardless of family income.

The Music4Life program was created by the School Board in 2013. Chelsea Tripp, a veterianian oncologist and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace, serves as president of the group’s organizing committee.

Besides the Edmonds School District, Music4LIfe also operates programs supporting HIghline, Mukilteo, Seattle and Shoreline School Districts. Currently about 38 percent of all fifth and sixth grade students in the Edmonds School District who participate in instrumental music programs are income-eligible. The Music4Life initiative intends to assist at least half that number.

Music4Life is supported in part by a grant from the Hazel Miller Foundation; First Choice Health, 4Culture (former Seattle-King County Arts Commission), the law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Cascade Symphony Orchestra, Edmonds Center for the Arts, Kennelly Keys Music and Hammond Ashley Violins. For more information, see www.edmondsmusic4life.org.

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