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Whitefish Musician Grammy-Bound


A Whitefish woman has already got her tickets and just picked up her dress from the tailor for the Grammys. She is part of a band that got nominated.

Erica von Kleist started playing with Secret Society, a twenty-piece band in New York City, about ten years ago. Now the band has gotten its second Grammy nomination, for best large jazz ensemble.

"The band has been on an incredible journey, playing at all the top venues in New York City, going on tour up to Canada and over to Europe," said von Kleist.

Brooklyn Babylon is the hour-long album that is up for the award. In the tracks von Kleist, who trained at Julliard, plays the piccolo, the flute, the alto flute, the soprano and alto sax, as well as a few other wood flutes.

"It's amazing," exclaimed von Kleist, "When the band sets up to do a performance the woodwind section probably has at least twenty to thirty instruments and we're only five people."

This is actually her second time at going to the Grammys. Her last trip was in high school, when her band scored some nosebleed seats at the awards ceremony. It will be a little different this time.

"It's amazing, you know, you work really hard as a young musician and you study hard and you kind of come full circle," said von Kleist.

As for her odds, von Kleist explains, "to make it this far is so much of an honor. I'm just going into this weekend as it being just a big party."

Even though she is thousands of miles away from the city, and the band, von Kleist says she is going to keep making music with them.

Von Kleist gets back Monday, January 27, and we plan to catch up with her again next week.

This summer, she is planning to tour with the nominated band through parts of Canada and Europe.

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