A big congratulations goes to the music ensembles at Abraham Lincoln High School. I attended their winter concert last night, and I’m happy to see such a vibrant music program. The performing ensembles were the Beginning Choir, Orchestra, Concert Choir and Concert Band, led by Melissa Grundy. The Mariachi ensemble also performed, and is led by Tim Leenerts. Both Melissa and Tim and I studied music together, and I can certify first-hand that they are talented musicians (Melissa on the clarinet, Tim on the trumpet) and are conscientious and thoughtful music educators as well.
Mr. Leenerts invited me to sing a couple of numbers with his Mariachi ensemble, too. It was very cool to sing on my alma mater’s stage, and I was even gifted with a very cool Lincoln Lancer sweatshirt, too!
I’m really proud of those ensembles, and I’m so grateful for principal Antonio Esquibel, whose commitment to educating the whole child is so apparent. It’s easy to cut arts and music when budgets are tight, but it’s wonderful that Mr. Esquibel makes these a priority. Thanks, Antonio!