Nguyen, Cumpston selected to perform in Friendship Concert
Ahwatukee Foothills residents Dan Nguyen, 6, and Brennan Cumpston, 9, have been selected to perform in the Suzuki Piano Basics Friendship Concert starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Westwood High School, 945 W. 8th St., Mesa. The concert is being presented by the Arizona Suzuki Association Phoenix Piano Group and will feature 22 students from across the United States. Nguyen and Cumpson are students of local Suzuki teacher Karen Nalder.
This concert is being given in conjunction with a piano workshop being taught by teachers from the internationally-acclaimed Talent Education Research Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, which was established by Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the famous Suzuki Method. Teachers attending are from across the United States and Canada.
The Suzuki Method approaches learning to play music as one learns language; hear it, say it (play it), then read it. Children as young as 3 listen to high-quality music that they learn to play and later learn to read. By watching other children perform, young children realize that any child can learn to play the piano well. Using the Suzuki Method, parents and teachers create a learning environment where all children can be successful.
This concert is being given as a gift to the community with no cost to attend. Parents are encouraged to bring their piano students and “potential” piano students for an afternoon of fun and inspiration. All teachers and interested community members are welcome.
Millanes, Shearer marry
Jessica Millanes and Rob Shearer exchanged wedding vows on Jan. 16 in San Diego, Calif.
The bride is the daughter of Joe and Margaret Millanes of Ahwatukee Foothills. She graduated from Desert Vista High School in 2000 and Saint Mary’s College in 2004. She is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
The bridegroom is the son of Karen Shearer and Bob Shearer, both of Oxford, Ohio. He graduated from Talawanda High School in 1991 and Miami University (Ohio) in 1996. He is a Captain - Tango Battery Commander in the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune.
Deanna Ramsey Floyd (DVHS ‘00) was maid of honor, and the bridal attendants were Leah Erdman (DVHS ‘06), Emmy Madison, Lori Voss, Kelsey Duckworth and Jessica Jacobs Falcon (DVHS ‘00).
Sean Javins served as best man, and Joseph Millanes (DVHS ‘06), Chris Garza, Lary Voss, Andy Goosendi and Ty Phipps were groomsmen.
Thorning becomes U.S. citizen
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Gerald Thorning took part in the Naturalization Ceremony Jan. 16 at the city of Chandler’s 15th Annual Multicultural event. Thorning previously lived in South Africa. He was one of nine others from various countries that became citizens of the United States during the ceremony.
Meuth graduates from Missouri S&T
Ryan James Meuth of Ahwatukee Foothills was one of approximately 600 candidates to receive a degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, during commencement ceremonies Dec. 19. He received a master’s degree in computer engineering.
Ahern shoots in competition at Rawhide
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Peggy Ahern loves to ride horses and shoot guns.
She is a member of Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association – The Old West Competing with Guns on Horseback. Cowboy Mounted Shooting, one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation, was founded in Arizona and represents the state’s Western heritage. The family-friendly sport consists of riders and shooters ranging from ages 12 up to 75. In this fast-action timed event using single-action revolvers with specially-prepared blank ammunition, they shoot balloons set in a variety of patterns. The sport is spectator friendly with participants wearing period Western clothing.
Ahern will participate in a Cowboy Mounted Shooting competition starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 21 at Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler.
For more information, visit www.acmsa.com.