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Kellogg and Einstein Bands to Perform Original Work by Northwest Composer

Emilio Jose Gonzalez
Composer Emilio Jose Gonzalez

The Kellogg and Einstein Middle School Bands will combine in concert to premier a newly commissioned piece “Tahoma,” written by local composer, Emilio Jose Gonzalez, on April 18th at 7 pm on the Kellogg Middle School stage.

This work was achieved through a generous grant from the Shoreline Public Schools Foundation. At the band directors’ request, Mr. Gonzalez wrote a piece meant to honor the indigenous people of the Northwest, specifically the Puyallup, Muckleshoot, Duwamish and Tulalip. “Tahoma” is a modern soundscape for band that evokes images and feelings of a great, living mountain. 

“Here in Shoreline, we strive to grow together as a community. We want all our families and staff to honor each other and celebrate the multicultural patchwork that makes us whole,” said Kellogg Band Director Alec Wilmart. “I wanted to commission a piece of music that especially celebrated people of color in our community, people who are all too often left out of the conversation, created by a composer of color, with the intent of teaching all of our students that we all have something good to offer each other. We are honored and humbled to present this work for the community of Shoreline, and hope you will join us.” 

“The great white mountain that towers over western Washington has been known by many different names. To refer to the mountain as Tahoma, or another indigenous language name, is to recognize that this mountain was woven into the fabric of other people’s culture and had other names before it was called Mount Rainier,” said Composer Emilio Jose Gonzalez. “Using the name Tahoma recognizes that we occupy land that belonged to the Puyallup, Muckelshoot, Duwamish and Tulalip.”

Recognizing the truth in these statements is acknowledging indigenous peoples and their enduring stewardship of the land; that we are still guests and they are still our hosts. Tahoma is meant to honor the great white mountain and those who were first inspired by it.”

Performing will be the Wind Ensembles of Mariko Lane from Einstein Middle school and Alec Wilmart of Kellogg Middle School. The concert will also feature works by Canadian composer, Cait Nishimura, as well as other music that will be performed by the wind band. Mr. Gonzalez will be in residence the week prior, and present at the concert.

The concert is free to the public. 

April 18th, 2019 at 7 pm
Kellogg Middle School
16045 25th AVE NE
Shoreline WA 98155.

If you would like more information about the composers… 

If you would like more information about the origins of the work, you may contact Mr. Gonzalez directly at:

If you would like more information about the process you may contact Alec Wilmart at: