Band director John Bolton is looking forward to tonight's concert, as he hopes to show off the work he's been doing with students at Craig Middle School and Moffat County High School.
"The idea of it is to showcase the kids who did really well at solo/ensemble (competition)," he said.
The high school jazz band, jazz choir and several instrumental and vocal groups will take the stage at the high school auditorium for the Collage Concert at 7 p.m. today.
He hopes to see a large turnout but he understand the students need to perform well to attract community members.
"Our job is to stop complaining about the lack of support we get and get to work being good musicians," Bolton said.
In his class, he tries to teach his 34 high school players to work as "real world musicians" do. However, it's difficult to keep students in the course as they transition from eighth grade, largely because of scheduling.
Sophomore trumpeter Jessica Krogman has made sure she fits the class into her coursework because it's fun and a refreshing change of pace from having her nose in a book.
"You are out of the other classes and it's like, 'phew,'" she said. "It's a nice break."
Bolton, during his first year in the district, hopes to attract more students like her who enjoy the more relaxed atmosphere of his class.
He aims to have 80 or 100 students enrolled in coming years.
He sees a lot of talent at the middle school and is excited to have those musicians join the high school group.
He hopes students are learning skills they'll take with them after they graduate.
"Many of them are meaning to make (music) part of their lives, whether that's professionally or as an amateur, for their rest of their lives," Bolton said. "I just want this to be a positive experience for them."
Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.