Holly BaloghMember Since: 2002
BS in Music from Bradley University, 1991.
Our children are so busy. I know. I am the mother of 2 busy kids. In our community, in Jackson, WY, they seem to have so many great opportunities; karate, swimming, running, biking, skiing, hockey, baseball, cross country, art, music, theater, dance, and the list goes on-and-on. How can these kids find the time to do it all, and still be kids? And how as parents to we help our kids make good choices and pick activities that are fun, engaging, and also help them with a life-long activity they will love?
For me, music has been a constant in my life from the time I was in 3rd grade, carrying that heavy cello up and down my street to orchestra practice. This was back in the 70s, and 2 emergency hernia surgeries later, I picked up the lighter weight - could fit in my backpack - flute and never looked back. And what a gift it has been to me!
From playing with the Jackson Hole Community Band, I have had the amazing opportunity to become friends with people from all walks of life, all different ages, all different values and beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds. Through band, I have been lucky to have the most supportive people around me. I remember when my son was born and was life-flighted to Salt Lake City in 2005 with a double pneumothorax. My band friends were there to provide support and help during such a difficult time.
Several years ago, we lost a dear band member and fellow flautist, Norma Foster Price to lung cancer. Moments with the ‘band ladies’, 4 of us that weekly went to her house as she fought valiantly and eventually lost her fight to cancer, where we laughed and commiserated about music and the latest goofiness of rehearsal, was a bright light during dark days.
I suggest that we all try to bring the gift of music to the next generation. If you are thinking about what activity to choose next for your busy child, or they need a new outlet for their creative energy, get them playing an instrument. And, when they are ready, encourage them to join the band and come to rehearsals at the Center for the Arts Thursday nights 7-9PM. We are fun, goofy, crazy, old, young, but most importantly supportive, and loving. Let’s bring our kids together for the opportunity of life-long learning through music. I, Holly Balogh, and my kids will see you and yours there!