Our View: And the band plays on ...

It's an unfortunate reality that, in the high school realm, the accomplishments of groups outside the world of sports sometimes is overlooked.

That's a trend the Editorial Board would like to remedy today.

With all the pomp and pageantry surrounding Moffat County High School's 2009 Homecoming festivities - from the fantastic parade that marched its way through Craig, to the recognition of royalty candidates, to the football and volleyball teams' victories - it's the contribution of another entity that caught the eyes of board members.

That entity being the MCHS band.

Led by band director John Bolton, the band's work performing during the homecoming football game was nothing short of impressive.

Whereas the band was once a fledgling group - six years ago, the band was reduced to just 28 students - it is now 72 members strong, and it appears enthusiasm is growing.

The Editorial Board would like to take this opportunity to praise the work of Bolton and his students.

They performed beautifully, and many people noticed their talent.

Quality teachers can have such positive, important impacts on their students, and it appears that the Moffat County School District has many, like Bolton, who are inspiring young minds and allowing them to perhaps unearth talents they didn't know they had.

Activities like band add to the overall richness of the educational experience a school offers, and it's refreshing to see that MCHS has not only successful sports programs, but also opportunities for students whose talents lay elsewhere.

On the subject of music, Editorial Board members were also impressed by the recent fall festival put on by the Northwest Colorado Chapter of Parrotheads.

The group organized the "Art'n the Park'n Lot" festival Oct. 10, which provided a showcase for local artists, as well as raised money for music scholarships and environmental efforts the club specializes in.

To the Parrotheads, the Editorial Board says thank you for your hardwork in the name of worthy causes.

All in all, the success of our local sports programs is important. What the band and Parrotheads recently reminded is that other local youths have talent, too.

Our community is lucky to have such remarkable young people on the field and off it.

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