As the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland gears up for its May 28 Annual Pancake Breakfast to be held the Peter Kirk Community Center from 7a-noon, local youth musicians are tuning up for the occasion. This is the fourth year that music has been part of the fun at the breakfast. Lined up to perform are six separate musical acts. All proceeds from the breakfast are donated to Attain Housing, (www.attainhousing.org) to help with homelessness in our area.
7:30a-8:00a Leading off the entertainment will be Kiwanis Club of Kirkland member, Hal Bomgardner. He is a member of the Seattle Symphany Chorale and the Kirkland Choral Society. For the second year in a row, he will be playing some easy listening “breakfast music” to get everyone in the pancake eating mood!
8:00a-8:30a The first youth entertainer of the morning is Alison Banchero. A Seattle native, Alison is a singer/songwriter and pianist who has distinguished a uniquely soulful and stripped-down style of music. Her writing has been influenced by a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, musical theater and classical. She creates her melodies with specific emphasis on the power lyrics have to impact a song. She is an up and coming artist who is new to the scene, but is very excited to be releasing her first EP “STAY” on June 11th with the help of YMCA’s KTUB . Through this opportunity, Alison has been able to record and produce an album that shows her individual style and gets “connected” with her audience. The journey of this musical process has deeply ignited the passion she has to keep writing. As she looks to the further, she is excited to be able to give back to the community that has helped her get to where she is now.
8:30a-9:00a It is a privileged to have the next young lady added to our list of entertainers. Lena Hou is a 7th grader at McKnight Middle School in Renton. Watching the sing-along videos and listening to her dad sing helped her build an interest in singing at an early age. Lena started voice lessons to train for classical and opera singing when she was 7 years old. At the age of 9 Lena became the youngest soloist to sing the National Anthem at the State Capitol’s House Chambers when she was invited by Governor Inslee to perform at his inauguration in Olympia. Since then, Lena has proudly performed the Star Spangled Banner and songs of various genres at numerous community and fundraising events. She is also one of this year’s winners in the “Oh Say Can You Sing” National Anthem singing contest. She will be performing at the Puyallup Fair in September as a show opener at one of the concerts.
9:00a-9:30a The Juanita High School Jazz Choir is next in line to dazzle the “breakfast bunch”. This 12 girl ensemble meets at 6:55a every school day for practice. Auditions are open to the whole school, but just a few are willing to make this commitment and they definately have to be early-birds! They are one of two choirs at Juanita High School and are joined by two orchestras, four bands and several piano and guitar classes to make up the JHS music department better - known as the JHS Rebels! In the past the choir has performed for the Rotary of Kirkland Downtown organization, the Redmond Senior Center Holiday Luncheon and at person residences during the holidays.
9:30a-10:30a Next up is the Evergreen Middle School’s Jazz Club directed by Eric Peterson. This energetic group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders meets once a week at 7a to learn the form of America’s Music, Jazz. These great kids show up for practice prepared and ready to swing. With a developing repertoire from Latin to Big Band to Heavy Metal, they are stretching their experiences and are excited to share their music.
10:30-11:30a The final act of the day is The Carillon Chamber Singers. These young people range in age from 13-24. They come from schools as diverse as Kirkland Middle School, U of W, LWHS and Redmond HS. Some of them are out of school entirely, but are still in the Youth Choir age 25 and under. They are all united in their desires to sing top chamber choir material, at a polished level, with expression and artistry being the real hall mark of this group’s focus. The Carillon Chamber Singers and Carillon Chamber Orchestra were funded in fall of 2014 and are both programs of the Kirkland Music Academy. Both are directed by Jim Peterson, who most recently was the builder of the acclaimed choir and orchestra programs at LWHS for 18 years.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland fully supports and is unified in the belief that fostering leadership and community in our youth is paramount to a child’s successful entry into adult life. KCK is thrilled to host the youth in our community as they explore their talent on stage at the annual Pancake Breakfast in support of Attain Housing. If you would like more information about The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland and its work in your community, please visit their website at www.kirkland.kiwanis.org.