A few students competing in the Battle of the Bands event will have an edge, carrying performance experience from the Large Group Festival, held April 20 at Steamboat Springs High School.
Sponsored by the Colorado High School Activities Assoc--iation, this non-competitive, judged event for Colo--rado's northwest region has bands perform for ratings, striving for a "superior" score in as many categories as possible out of 14.
Band director John Bolton couldn't have been more enthusiastic about the seventh-grade, eighth-grade and Moffat County High School band performances at the festival.
"They really did Moffat County proud," Bolton said. "Everybody came home having performed well. We cleaned house this year."
The bands won three "superior" ratings, which Bolton said is no small feat, considering no other bands at the festival were awarded with such high ratings. "We really had a super spring where we buckled down, learned a lot and had a good time," Bolton said.
At 7 p.m. Thursday in the MCHS auditorium, Bolton's year will culminate with the Spring Concert for all Moffat County School District bands, grades 6 to 12, including the high school jazz band.
Although Bolton is excited for the year's final band performances, he said he will be sad to see more than half of his ten-member jazz band graduate May 27.
"The jazz band didn't go to the CHSAA event, so the Spring Concert will be their last performance and it will be really fun to tear it up with them," he said.