Eastman Award Recipient Announced

May 03, 2017

RS Junior Hongming "Kevin" Wang is this year’s recipient of the Eastman Award, an award given annually to a junior who has made outstanding contributions to the school’s music program. Kevin, a pianist and vocalist, has performed as a soloist at school events including the Food Truck Event, Night at the MIM, and Rancho’s Got Talent, to name a few. He has played piano on stage with the Symphonic Band, Keyboard Ensemble, and Pit Orchestra at the Musical Instrument Museum, ASU Kerr Cultural Center, and other venues.

Kevin embraces Rancho Solano's initiative to create a global learning environment by acting as an important liaison between the residential students and the school music department. He arranges and performs popular music from his home country of China, leads rehearsals with other residential students in his free time, and incorporates various historical and cultural music into his International Baccalaureate (IB) music classes. Seeing the need for a piano all residential students could access outside of school, he established a practice studio in the residential student dormitories so that he and his peers could play music on evenings and weekends. Kevin is currently an IB Diploma candidate.

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