By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
Young musicians from all over Northwest Colorado will be in town this weekend to play with the Colorado Music Education District 8 Honor Band.
Approximately 120 students, 10 from Moffat County High School, will practice together Friday and Saturday for a 6 p.m. performance Saturday in the MCHS auditorium.
Dr. Calvin Hofer of Mesa State College will be the guest conductor.
"It's a very good opportunity for the students," said Bill Toovey, MCHS band director. "There are very few districts that provide this opportunity for their students."
Representing MCHS will be Kelly Anderson, flute, Jared Kipe and Lindsey Ellgen, clarinet, Sophie Solomon, french horn, Randy Runyan and Teresa Bingham, trumpet, Sean Villard and Bryan Foster, trombone, Levi Henry, tuba and Kyle Young, percussion.
The MCHS students will be performing with students from Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Summit, North Park, Eagle Valley, Aspen, Roaring Fork, Meeker, Rifle, South Routt and Glenwood Springs.
Students were selected for the honor band based on directors' recommendations from the individual schools. The recommendations were then reviewed by a panel of band directors from the region.
Students are expected to have done their homework and practiced the selected pieces before they arrive for the weekend, Toovey said.
Pieces students were asked to learn include Emperata Overture by Claude T. Smith, An Original Suite by Gordon Jacobs, Rushmore by Alfred Reed,
Amparito Roca by Jaime Texidor and Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli.
When students arrive on Friday, they are separated into groups based on their instrument. Instructors from each high school represented will work with the different groups of students.
What musical pieces will be used and how much of each will be used will be decided through the course of the Friday and Saturday practices.
Toovey said the students were lucky to have an opportunity to work with guest conductor, Dr. Hofer, who is in his fourth year at Mesa State.
"He's making big strides with the program there," Toovey said.
This is the third time in eight years MCHS has hosted the annual concert.
Last year it was held in Aspen.
The 6 p.m. concert is free to the public.