On March 12th, ASAPH presented a concert in the local church. About thirty ASAPH music students presented music to the concert goers who paid $5 to get it. The money was then donated to a local church. It’s a win/win program that I always look forward to. We raised nearly $100 US.
The kids did very well. Some songs didn’t work out the way we prepared them, but they were all pretty successful. The fife and drum band was fun. The fife players stopped coming to rehearsals because they didn’t like so-and-so being in the group. Those are the struggles you find working with young musicians. It’s a great opportunity to teach…really teach.
The twenty or so young brass players did well also. They were under the direction of Teddy, who is becoming an assistant director for ASAPH bands.
It’s always a pleasure for me to watch the kids perform. I think back to the first moments they had with their instrument, the sounds that they made. ;) What amazing progress! It’s a really cool perk that comes with the work that I do. I get to see young people growing into the people God made them to be. It is fulfilling.
I promised to publicly mention the rift among the fife players so that they could grow from the experience. I did mention it, with love. After the concert many of them stuck around to help us haul everything home. That’s growth. That’s ASAPH Teaching Ministry.
T.G.B.T.G. - It’s in the cement at the ASAPH Teaching Center. To God Be The Glory!
Missionary in Haiti.