At first glance, I saw a sea of confusion, an orchestrated commotion of kids laughing, singing, screaming, playing the piano and banging on bells and drums. Music was definitely in the air in the band room of La Cañada High.
After a second glance, I began to see the very tonic that binds us to existence. It was life! I thought of the momentous impact that LCHS teachers have in shaping this life.
In a calm yet convincing manner, Kyle Smith, conductor and teacher of the 7/8-orchestra, symphony, and band, patiently garnered the children's attention. It was easy to decipher the genuine affection he held for his rambunctious musicians. Together with the string and wind ensembles, Smith carefully analyzed the 7/8 Christmas performance of the previous night. A dialogue ensued on the subtleties of music, of which I had little knowledge.