Getting to know our staff: Miss Kane (band director)

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Getting to know our staff: Miss Kane (band director)

Lance Jenson, Student Writer

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2019 has brought an array of new experiences, and for the GNA Marching Band, this includes a new director! Miss Kane became a part of the marching band family over the spring of 2019 and has assisted in guiding the band through their performance of this year’s show, Hope! For The Future.

To give her a warm, introductory welcome, The GNA Insider stepped in to ask a few questions:

 

What is your background (where you’re from, college major, Alma Mater, etc.)?

I am from Kingston, PA. I graduated from Wyoming Valley West and currently attend Marywood University as a Music Education major.

What is your favorite piece of music?

My favorite piece is Chester by William Billings.

What inspired you to follow the path you are on currently? How long do you foresee music like this being a part of your life?

My high school band director inspired me to become a music teacher. Music will be in my life until the end of it, I’m sure. My college band director always says that they’ll have to force him to retire, and I can’t imagine myself feeling differently.

Do you play any instruments yourself? If so, which one(s), and for how long?

I’ve been a percussionist since 3rd grade.

What led you into your current position as the band director?

Mrs. Rutkowski actually told me about the position! Thanks, Ellen!

Is this something you ever thought of doing in the past?

I’ve known that this would be my career since I was in 9th grade. I had a poor experience in middle school band but my high school director really turned things around for me.

Do you feel that every child should learn to play an instrument? If so, why do you believe this is important?

Of course! Music is a part of everyday life. Being able to contribute to an ensemble is one of the rewarding feelings. You learn to work with the people around you. Band turns into a family – especially here at GNA.