Kevin Tish Wins Outstanding Jazz Musician Award
Randolph Middle School 8th grade student Kevin Tish was recently honored by the Mayo Performing Arts Center. He was recognized as a student of the month receiving an "Outstanding Jazz Musician" award.
Music has been a very big part of Kevin's life, starting with piano lessons at the age of 6. Two years later he received a ukulele for his birthday and taught himself how to play. During grade school, he participated in every music ensemble that was offered. He sang in the chorus and provided piano accompaniment on several occasions. He also played in the hand chimes ensemble, and he learned trumpet in the band and violin in the orchestra.
In his three years of middle school, he has continued to pursue every available musical opportunity including Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Canzonetta, and the school musical productions of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. He has also participated in several summer theater workshops at Brundage Park Playhouse. Kevin is innately musical, and he nurtures this talent with a great deal of personal practice outside of school. As a result, he is a strong musical leader in the school music ensembles.
In addition to his musical interests, Kevin is an excellent student who enjoys playing golf with his father and constructing LEGO sets.
We asked Kevin what this award means to him. "I’ve always loved music, even from an early age," Kevin said. "I am so grateful that I live in Randolph and have the opportunity to take part in its music program. All of the teachers are great and so dedicated to teaching everyone, and the ensembles all reflect that. I’ve worked so hard to learn and improve my instruments, and I am glad to be recognized for my hard work.”