CHICAGO (CBS) — There was a musical world premiere Wednesday night in the southwest suburbs, and the composer was an 8th grader.
At the Homer Junior High School spring concert in Homer Glen, the school’s symphonic band performed 14-year-old Kenny Kriha’s “Variations on the Variant of a March.”
The young composer received a standing ovation when it was over.
“It’s pretty amazing for an 8th grader,” said Homer Junior High School band director Jason Thompson.
“He’s always giving suggestions for songs that we’ve been playing – sometimes funny, sometimes just kind of outrageous – and one day, I was just like, ‘Kenny, just write your own song.’”