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PEOPLE WATCHING watchingthewinners B ECKI R ONEN W ALENZ ecki Ronen Walenz, a graduate of Kansas State University and former Miss Kansas 2009, and public advocate for the arts, has released her first solo trumpet CD for sale. Becki received her undergraduate de- gree from Kansas State University in Trumpet Performance in May 2011, where she studied with Dr. Gary Morten- son. She is currently a student at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York, working toward her Master of Music degree where she studies with Dr. John Ellis. Becki has recently recorded a solo trumpet album, titled “Concoction: Popular Solos for Student Trumpet Play- ers,” with Madstop Records, alongside the Music Business Department at Crane School of Music. The album is comprised of 14 pieces of music that can be performed by common grade school, middle school and high school age trumpet players. None of the music on the CD is easily accessible on- line on iTunes or YouTube, and many of the pieces are on required repertoire lists in states all across the country. Becki hopes the CD will be a learning tool and listening reference that music teachers and students can utilize to strengthen their understanding of the trumpet and the music that is written for it. In June of 2009, Becki won the title of Miss Kansas and took the year off from school to travel across the state of Kansas, B 90 PAGEANTRY serving as the spokesperson for the Miss Kansas Organization, the Children’s Mir- acle Network Hospitals of Kansas, and her personal platform, the importance of arts education. While serving as Miss Kansas, Becki traveled 40,000 miles across Kansas, visited 6 other states, and made 250 appearances reaching over 75,000 Kansans. She made her solo debut with the Hutchinson Symphony Orches- tra, playing the Haydn “Trumpet Concer- to”, which led to 20 other solo performances across the state. She is mar- ried to Sam Walenz, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Army. “Concoction: Popular Solos for Stu- dent Trumpet Players” is for sale online at Becki’s personal web site, www.beckiwalenz.com. Becki is available to make public appear- ances in conjunction to promoting the CD. If interested, contact Becki on Twitter @beckiwalenz, on Facebook under Becki Ronen Walenz, or you can email her at beckiwalenz@gmail.com. Ⅺ TRUMPETING HER OWN CAUSE: The music on the CD is not readily accessible on YouTube or iTunes. Becki hopes the CD will be a learning tool and listening reference that teachers and budding trumpet students across the country can utilize to strengthen their understanding of the trumpet and the music that is written for it.