January 2012 – 9 Acts (7 Performers)
Age 12 and Under
Bryce Sonnier, 12 – Played saxophone solos and played while Demitri played piano
Demitri Hendry, 11 – Played piano solos and was joined by Bryce on saxophone; Brenda Freed also joined Demitri on piano and they played a duet
Alanna Fisher, 13 – Played guitar and sang (mostly original material!!!)
Alex Aston, 16 – Played guitar and sang (all original material!!!)
Abby Wetzel, 16 – Played guitar and sang (all original material!!!!) and played with Natalie as a duo, singing harmony with Natalie!
Natalie Shanklin, 15 – Played piano and sang and played with Abby as a duo
Van, 14 – Played piano and sang and also played harmonica in a wrack while playing piano
January YAPI News and Notes
Thanks for your ongoing support of this unique YAPI monthly community service event which has been serving Wimberley area youth since 2003!
We’re off to a great start with the 2012 YAPI season! We welcomed a newcomer, Bryce Sonnier, on saxophone. It was great to have the variety of the saxophone and he did a good job on his solos as well as when he played with Demitri on piano. More of that in the months to come would be wonderful. Demitri has a wonderful stage presence as he plays his well-rehearsed piano solos. A thrill to watch.
Alanna Fisher had moved away but has returned to Wimberley so we hope she will become a YAPI regular. She has a wonderful voice and sang mostly original material as she accompanied herself on guitar. We’re so glad she’s back with even more confidence than before. Alex played all original songs which cover some very deep subject matter. It’s so impressive to hear how these youth express themselves in song. Abby also played original songs. YAPI is great for trying out new material, original or otherwise, and more and more teens are choosing to participate regularly. Natalie does such a great job on her songs as she sings and accompanies herself effortlessly on piano. She and Abby together RAWK! Van is another performer who has really grown as a performer. He played a version of Billy Joel’s Piano Man that was outstanding, complete with playing harmonica in a wrack as he accompanied himself on piano. Very impressive. The evening featured a variety of music and was very entertaining.
It was also great to have such a wonderful YAPI audience. There were many peers there to support Alanna. She always brings a great crowd with her and it was nice that they all stuck around to hear everyone else.
Thanks to all who helped set up and tear down the equipment! All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening.
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Everyone is invited back to the next YAPI, the first Thursday in February, February 2. We look forward to another great YAPI event.
We’re very grateful to owner, DuAnne Redus, for allowing Maui Wowi to be the host venue for YAPI and for encouraging youth to participate.