The Kingston Middle School band is arguably one of the hardest-working bands around. In May, the band performed in two countries over a three-day period. / Sophie Bonomi / Herald
KINGSTON — The hardest-working band around might not be Modest Mouse or 5 Seconds Of Summer.
The average age in this group is 12, and when these musicians aren’t performing they’re likely doing homework.
It’s the Kingston Middle School band.
The band performed in Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade and Poulsbo’s Viking Fest Parade on May 21. Immediately following, the musicians boarded buses and headed to Victoria, B.C., where they performed May 22 at the Parliament Building several times, and then marched in the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. They then quickly packed up and got home by midnight so they could get back to school the next day.
Ask KMS band director Jeffery Haag and he will tell you these kids are special and they work hard.
“I’ve got high expectations for my students,” Haag said. “These guys tend to play above their grade level. We learn the fundamentals and we work hard as a team … You’d be amazed. As a group you can do amazing things.”
The band performed four times that long weekend and competed against more than 20 bands from the U.S. and Canada in both high school and middle school categories.