Music Is Her Passion

Kailyn Davis is a senior at Dimond High School. She’s the president of symphonic band, and will be a graduate of the Japanese immersion program. Davis was in sixth grade when her love of music bloomed. She started learning the clarinet at Sand Lake Elementary School, and she knew it was the path she wanted to take in life. Since sixth grade, Davis has come a long way in her musical endeavors. This year she was the second chair clarinet in Alaska’s All State Band. She’s also the first chair clarinet of Dimond’s symphonic band, and has been for the last two years. Davis led the band in their recent trip to Hawaii for the Pacific Basin Music Festival. “Music is my passion,” says Davis. And indeed, she proved that she loves all aspects of music. In addition to the clarinet, Davis plays baritone saxophone in Dimond’s jazz band, and French horn in Dimond’s symphonic band. “I know a little bit about a lot of instruments,” says Davis, “Flute, tenor sax, trumpet, oboe.” Davis puts a lot of time and energy into the Dimond band. She shows up to every pep band game, and stays late to finish posters and practice her music. Davis will graduate with the rest of the senior class on May 13 at Sullivan Arena as an honor graduate. After high school, she plans to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks and study music education. “I want to teach little bandlings and make them love music as much as I do,” says Davis. She’s not just interested in teaching music, she wants to play it, and a lot of it. “Sometimes I branch out from clarinet repertoire,” says Davis. “I’m learning the Mozart Oboe Concerto, I can play it almost as well as Elika.” In addition to music Davis participates in cross country running and cross country skiing, and was a member of both varsity teams last year. “Hopefully I can continue this in college,” says Davis. “But I don’t know if I’ll be able to.” Davis is also a successful product of the Japanese immersion program, and has traveled to Japan in the past to put her skills to use. “When we were at the formal dinner in Hawaii, I was sitting next to some students from a school from Japan and we were able to have an entire conversation in Japanese. It was really awesome,” says Davis. Davis is happy to be graduating, and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life. “I’ll miss my clarinet teacher,” says Davis, “but I can’t wait to play jazz in college.”