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BRAVO Profile: Maite

Maite is a 10 year old 5th grade student at Cesar Chavez School. Although she is growing up with music in her house, she is the first in her family to play an instrument. She used to sing in a choir, and is delighted now to have the opportunity to play in a band and orchestra program. She is in her second year as a clarinet student at BRAVO Cesar Chavez.

Maite says that music “teaches me better manners at the same time that is is fun. It helps me to listen better and be more understanding.”

She is proud to play the clarinet, although sometimes she wishes she played flute, as she thinks it is a “more popular’ instrument. Her favorite music is “Phantom of the Opera.” She sometimes plays music at night to relax her.   “Music helps me escape from all my responsibilities and chores, ” although she eventually does them. Mate is proud of being chosen to be in BRAVO.

Maite has a lot of interests, like art and volleyball. She wants to be an obstetrician when she grows up,” to give someone a new chance.”  She is proud of her family and of “everything I have.I admire my parents and my teachers because they teach me to be stronger and more confident.”

profile by Bonnie Reagan
portrait by Rich Kolbell

BRAVO Profile: Davina

Davina, a 7th grader at George Middle School, is in her 4th year studying violin. She loves BRAVO because she gets to express her feelings through music. Her favorite composer is Bach. When she joined BRAVO, she started learning about her family members from Cuba who were musicians. Her great grandfather played violin, her great grandmother… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Symone

Symone is a 10 year old flute player in the 5th grade at Cesar Chavez School, and this is her first year in BRAVO. She likes playing her flute and wants to learn the clarinet as well. She memorizes all her music. “It’s fun hangng out with other people. It makes me happy. I really… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Jasper

  Jasper is in his first year of BRAVO, playing clarinet at Cesar Chavez School. He is 8 years old and in 3rd grade. He is very happy to be learning how to read music and to play an instrument. His mom used to play the accordion and his great grandpa played violin. He is… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Esmeralda

  Her hands move like dancers, seamlessly forming the hand symbols for DO RE MI, the singing language the Rosa Parks Elementary School BRAVO students learn for reading music. The language is called solfége, and Esmeralda started learning it as an eight year old in third grade, in BRAVO’s very first class. With the music… Continue Reading

Partner Profile: Sgt. Jim, the Piano-playing Policeman

Sgt. Jim Quackenbush has a number of prominent tattoos, which is probably unusual for a police officer.  Even more unusual is what those tattoos are: he proudly wears composer Frederic Chopin on one forearm and Ludwig van Beethoven on the other. A second generation public servant, Jim is also a highly trained classical pianist. He has performed… Continue Reading

Board profile: Bonnie Reagan

  Most of our BRAVO family knows Dr. Bonnie Reagan as the co-founder and board president of BRAVO Youth Orchestras.  You might not know that she was recognized as the Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in 2010.  You almost certainly don’t know that Bonnie is also the new board president of El Sistema USA, the… Continue Reading

Family Profile: Michelle and Veronica

Michelle joined BRAVO Rosa Parks as a second grader in 2014. A year later, her mother Veronica joined our staff as the Family Coordinator. We were delighted that mother and daughter spent so much time together during BRAVO’s third year. We’re sad to see Veronica move on this year, but she’s staying here in our community… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Yvonne

  Yvonne just finished 5th grade at Cesar Chavez School, where she has studied flute at BRAVO for the past year. Yvonne is the youngest in a large family and if you’re trying to find her in a crowd, just look for the cat ears she likes to wear every day.  Here’s a testimonial she wrote and shared… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Sapphire

Sapphire just finished 5th grade at Rosa Parks School, and she has studied violin at BRAVO for the past two years along with her younger sister Naima. In addition to her musical abilities, Sapphire is an excellent writer and public speaker. She wrote the following testimony herself and shared it with a large crowd at… Continue Reading