February 2012 – 6 Acts (8 Performers)
Age 12 and Under
Arianna, 8 – Played violin accompanied by Paula Bird on piano
Abby Wetzel, 16 – Played guitar and sang (all original material!!!!)
Natalie Shanklin, 15 – Played piano and sang (some original material!!!!)
On Common Ground – Abby Wetzel & Natalie Shanklin as a duo
Grace Hubbell, 15 – Played guitar and sang
Searching for Truth – Jackson Hvizdos, 14, keyboard and vocals; Sabrina Rohwer, 15, guitar and vocals; Grace F. Hubbell, 15, vocals & guitar and Keaton Rohwer, 13, on bass
February 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! Happy 9th Birthday to US!
February YAPI marked the 9 year anniversary of YAPI!!!!!! And what a celebration it was with a group of excellent young performers! Arianna returned with her violin and she has become quite the young virtuoso. Her first YAPI performance was in 2009 when she was 6! This time, Arianna was accompanied by her teacher, Paula Bird. This act wowed the audience!
Three teen solo acts performed. Abby Wetzel sang all original material while playing the guitar. It’s hard to believe Abby has only been playing guitar for about 2 years. She is definitely an up and coming singer/songwriter! Abby is very supportive of her YAPI peers by encouraging them. That’s the YAPI spirit we like to see because YAPI is not a competition. It’s not about being the best. It’s about doing your best!
Natalie Shanklin played piano and sang. She had a new original song which was great. Natalie is developing a style that turns heads when she performs. And, when Abby and Natalie take the stage as the duo, On Common Ground, you know you’re going to hear something special!
Grace Hubbell played guitar and sang solo for the first time at YAPI and did a real nice job. It was only her 2nd YAPI. She is also in the Dripping Springs-based band, Searching for Truth, which performed for their second time as well. It was amazing how much that group of performers had grown since their first YAPI performance in December. It’s apparent they are working hard and on their way to becoming a great teen band. We don’t get many of those at YAPI so it’s always exciting when we do and we look forward to future performances!
Thanks to all the members of Searching for Truth for helping to set up and tear down the equipment! They were all very helpful! February YAPI was a full evening of great entertainment! Thanks to everyone who participated!
If there are any young writers out there who would like to come be the YAPI reporter and write the YAPI News & Notes, please speak up! Also, a young YAPI photographer would be welcomed! Just contact Brenda Freed if you are interested at BFreed1@earthlink.net with YAPI in the subject.
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Everyone is invited back to the next YAPI, the first Thursday in March, March 1. 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.