Santa Train musicians are praised
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:52 AM
How thrilled I am to know what talented, community-minded
students we have in the Upper Valley.
During the Santa Train, the Northwest Railway Museum's annual
fund-raiser, 15 students played piano in one of our railway cars for visitors to
enjoy as they stood in line for cookies and hot chocolate. These
musicians were excellent performers in all respects, cheerful and
wonderfully adaptable _ no complaints about piano keys missing ivory or
children happily blowing whistles as they passed by.
Huge thanks go to Matthew Bowers, Vikki Campbell, Fiona
Carter, Lauren Johnson, Beth Kumbalek, Brian Lange, Jared Lettau,
Jordan Lettau, Meghan McDevitt and Caitlin Rathe _ students of North Bend
piano teacher Marilyn Healea (whose response time was truly
phenomenal). Delighted thanks also to Sandra Barnum, Lindsey Beach,
Tara Eddings, Emily White and Abbey White _ students of Fall City's
Marlyn Venskus. Thanks also to piano tuner David Scott for referring me to
It takes a lot of people to put together a successful event for
9,000 participants. Our excellent local musicians deserve praise both for
their talent and selfless spirit.
Northwest Railway Museum