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Long-Time Band Teacher Gets Exciting Call From Grammy-Winning Former Student

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Long-time band teacher at Centennial Middle School, Kyle Bosch, got what he calls a "once in a lifetime" phone call from a former student recently. And while any teacher would tell you they enjoy hearing from former students, this call from Christian Pepin, who was a student at Centennial 12 years ago, was filled with particularly exciting news.

Pepin, who now lives in San Francisco, explained he called Mr. Bosch to tell him he won a Grammy Award in playing the conga drums with the 19-piece Pacific Mambo Orchestra. The entire group won a Grammy for Best Tropical Latin Album, beating out more well-known performers like Marc Anthony.

He said the reason he called Mr. Bosch to tell him was because Mr. Bosch was the kind of teacher that always "went the extra mile" for his students. Pepin said Mr. Bosch taught him how to read music and learn how to play all of the percussion instruments. He said he inspired him to "feel the music," as opposed to simply playing it, and credits him for truly setting the stage for him to become a professional musician.

"He was one of those guys that gave me those building blocks in understanding how it works, and because of that, I am who I am today," said Pepin.

"I always saw potential in him right away," remembered Bosch. "He had excellent mechanics, very fast hands, and could make all the moves that percussionists need to make."

Mr. Bosch said he was still flabbergasted by the news.

"Pretty much any teacher gets a pretty good feeling knowing they had a positive effect on any of their students like that," said Mr. Bosch. "I'm still pretty tickled about the whole thing, it's not something that happens often."

Reminding us all, that even at the pinnacle of success, a simple thank you will always be music to someone's ears.

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