East Valley has a variety of teachers, many of them popular among the student body. Throughout my decade of being a student there, one teacher has really stood out: music teacher Kyle Langston. I play the euphonium and the trombone in his band.

He isn’t only a teacher to his students, but a role model and a friend. He demonstrates a good work ethic and, in his best moments, shows a level of well-

preparedness even in times when all things pile up and get super hectic.

Langston conducts both the middle school beginning and advanced band at East Valley, along with the high school band and choir. He also teaches a history of rock ’n’ roll class. And, he opens up his classroom for everyone to come in during lunch to have a quiet place, or to have a place to practice piano if you need to.

Langston was thrust into his current position with very short notice after his predecessor took another job opportunity not long before school started four years ago. Students weren’t used to the new teacher and many didn’t trust him, and he wasn’t given much to work with at the beginning. Yet in his four years, Langston has helped to polish East Valley’s program to the best it has ever been. Last May, his band performed in Spokane’s Lilac Parade and earned the Lilac Gold Standard Award for achieving a high level of excellence. His East Valley students also went to a Washington State University band competition and received a superior rating.

Kyle Langston is my friend. I joke with him, I ask him for advice on life and love, and I trust his decisions. During the senior year that’s about to begin, I hope to finish strong during my fifth year with this teacher who has made me part of a band that is better than ever.

Kyle Langston: “Minecraft” video maker, recently married man, and a band student’s best friend. He is the tightest teacher in all of East Valley.

Spencer Malmberg is a senior at East Valley High School who is enrolled as a Running Start student at Yakima Valley College.