Music to his ears

Teen to represent county in statewide band

A Moffat County High School student has been named to the 2006 Colorado All-State concert band, an honor that his director said is a prestigious distinction for the musician and the school.

Junior Chane Smith auditioned in November and recently found out he was selected.

"This is every bit as important for a musician as a state playoff game is for a football team," high school band director John Bolton said.

Smith, who has played clarinet for five years, is a member of the high school concert and jazz bands. He said he spends more than six hours a week practicing.

"It's an honor," Smith said. "I put a decent amount of work into it, so it's nice to see it pay off."

Smith will play with the 110-piece concert band at the statewide convention from March 30 to April 1 at the University of Northern Colorado in Gree--ley.

The concert band is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors from small high schools, those with 1,100 students or fewer.

Bolton said Smith will practice for 18 hours preparing for the April 1 evening performance at the university.

"The kids in this band are playing at the collegiate level," Bolton said.

He thinks this experience will help Smith realize his goal of becoming a music teacher.

"This will be a significant factor in college decisions," Bolton said.

Smith was one of two Moffat County students to audition. The other was junior Amber Suits, a flutist. Bolton said he hopes to send six students to next year's auditions.

Bolton said no one from Moffat County has been selected to the all-state band in four or five years.

The prestige of Smith attending this year is enough to bolster Bolton's spirits about the music program he's been trying to strengthen.

"It's a good indicator that our program is coming back alive," he said.

For information on the Colo--rado All-State Bands, visit http://usonia.unco.edu/music/bands/allstate/default.html.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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