John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director, conducts a concert in May 2007. High school concert and jazz bands, along with seventh- and eighth-grade bands, will perform their final in-house concert at 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

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John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director, conducts a concert in May 2007. High school concert and jazz bands, along with seventh- and eighth-grade bands, will perform their final in-house concert at 7 p.m. today in the high school auditorium, 900 Finley Lane.

A final note

Band performance tonight culminates in-house performance season

If you go

What: Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School band concert

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane

Cost: Free

Call: 824-7036.

John Bolton, Moffat County High School band director, sits alone behind rows of empty chairs in the Craig Middle School band room.

Bolton, who also teaches seventh- and eighth-grade bands, leans over a chart at the table where he sits. The chart is a way for him to plan changes to what he calls his "in-class presentation," which includes instructional literature choice and classroom management.

Not that Bolton thinks this year has been a bad one.

"This has been a fantastic year," he said, citing the high ratings his middle and high school students have garnered from musical competitions this year.

Tonight, the 2007-08 in-house concert season ends for those students.

A free performance at 7 p.m. in the Moffat County High School auditorium, 900 Finley Lane, will feature seventh- and eighth-grade bands, as well as high school concert and jazz bands.

Although the bands will play at events throughout the summer tonight marks their last school performance before high school graduation.

Performers will provide a varied selection of musical genres at the concert. The high school concert band is scheduled to perform a selection of marches, overtures and a suite of Scottish tunes while the high school jazz band will perform an assortment of blues and funk music.

Seventh- and eighth-grade band students will perform similar music on an easier level, Bolton said.

Members of the high school concert band have been practicing some of their pieces since January, Bolton said, and jazz band performers have been preparing for the concert throughout the year.

For high school seniors who have performed in school bands since sixth grade, however, the concert culminates seven years of practice, Bolton said.

High school and middle school students performed some selections featured in the concert during the Colorado High School Activities Association Large Group Music Festival.

The event took place April 17 at the high school and included 27 choral and instrumental ensembles from Northwest Colorado.

At the event, seventh- and eighth-grade bands earned overall superior and excellent scores, respectively, Bolton said, while the high school band also earned a superior rating.

"It's really satisfying," Bolton said.

"We're really starting to see some progress.We should see some good performances next year."

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