Kyle Green wrote “In Memoriam” for his music minister at Armuchee Baptist Church after her father passed away.
Now the 15-year-old high school sophomore will have the privilege of hearing his composition played during an upcoming concert by the Berry College Wind Ensemble on April 19.
Kyle is the son of Wayne and Melody Robinson and Mike Green. A trumpet player in the Armuchee High School band, he also plays eight other instruments—the clarinet, the flute, the piccolo, the French horn, the alto sax, the marimba, the piano and the violin, which he is currently learning.
“It’s how I express myself,” Kyle said of music. “I express what I am feeling.”
Kyle learned how to play the trumpet to follow in his brother’s footsteps. His brother dropped out of band but Kyle kept playing.
“I love it,” he said. “It’s everything I do now.”
He started composing after downloading a program when he was in seventh grade. He said he had no idea as to what he was doing.
Then he met Stan Pethel of Berry College’s music department when he was part of the 8th grand honor band, one of many accolades Kyle has received as a young musician. They began emailing, with the music veteran giving the young composer advice.
When the Wind Ensemble began planning a show featuring local composers, Pethel recommended Kyle’s song.
Kyle said it took between three to five months for him to finish “In Memoriam.”
While Kyle is not totally committed to any college now, he says he is “obsessed” with the Jacksonville State Marching Band. He treasures a plume from a friend who marches with the Alabama college’s band.
But on April 19, he plans to be in the audience as his composition is played.
The concert will be in the Ford Auditorium at Berry College at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.