Donated trumpet is used as a yearly prize for high school musicians

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chelsea Tripp, DVM awards the Pelland trumpet
to Kaelyn Stanton for a second year

Coveted trumpet awarded to Lynnwood 11th Grader through Music4Life program

The 2014 Pelland Trumpet was awarded to Kaelyn Stanton, a junior at Lynnwood High School in the Edmonds School District. She is the daughter of Jill and Eric Stanton of Lynnwood. The award recognizes exceptional talent in a young trumpet player and was presented October 3 at the Alderwood-Terrace Rotary Club.

The Pelland Trumpet is a performance-level a Bach Stradivarius instrument donated to the Music4Life™ program by Micaela Pelland of Lake Forest Park.

The recipient is selected annually by secondary school music teachers in Edmonds Public Schools on the basis of talent and long-term interest in studying music. This is the second year that Stanton has received the award. She is a member of in the Lynnwood High School Band and participates in both the top Honor's-level wind ensemble and top jazz ensemble there.

She will have use of the Pelland Trumpet for the 2014-15 school year. It will be re-acquired by the Music4Life organization next spring for any repairs and other maintenance that are needed over the summer. Music teachers in Edmonds Schools will select the following year’s recipient next fall. Stanton will be eligible to receive it again at that time, as long as she is enrolled in Edmonds Public Schools.

Music4Life acquires musical instruments, gets them repaired if needed, and provides them free of charge to participating public school districts for use by elementary-aged students of low income families. The Pelland Trumpet is awarded to a deserving high school student regardless of family income. The Edmonds Music4Life program was created by the school board in 2013. Dr. Chelsea Tripp, a veterinarian oncologist and Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Alderwood-Terrace, serves as president of the group’s organizing committee. 

Besides Edmonds Schools, Music4Life also operates programs supporting Highline, Mukilteo, Seattle and Shoreline Public Schools. The program acquires used instruments from the garages or attics of adults who understand that their highest and best use is to put them back into play. With adequate resources, Music4Life can also buy new musical instruments for school districts.

Music4Life is a stand-alone organization, created by Rotary groups of Puget Sound.


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