Last night, Yakov went to his last Homeschool Band Spring Concert.
Yakov and Shoshie joined the band in 2001, playing trumpet and clarinet. Shoshie took up the oboe a couple of years later but lost interest in the band two years ago.
Yakov dropped out of the band in 2003 when he gave up the trumpet for the bass guitar. He had found his father's old Fender bass in the attic during the summer. The bass has proven to be Yakov's favorite instrument, although he is quite talented on guitar and drums as well.
He rejoined the band in the fall of 2004 when the band director needed the bass's sound to fill out the band's brass and woodwinds. Over the last few years, Dr. Renfroe has come to rely on Yakov, both for his sound and his musicianship.
Last night, Dr. Renfroe gave Yakov the Director's Award. He paid tribute to Yakov's essential place in the band, for his leadership with the younger band members and his mentoring of those who have also wanted to play bass.
The Homeschool Band and Dr. Refroe brought out the best in Yakov. PRM