John Bolton and the members of the Moffat County High School Jazz Band perform Tuesday night at the MCHS auditorium. The school's concert band was also part of the show.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

John Bolton and the members of the Moffat County High School Jazz Band perform Tuesday night at the MCHS auditorium. The school's concert band was also part of the show.

MCHS, CMS bands, choirs play final shows of school year

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— As surely as the key in a piece of music changes from time to time, so do the members of an ensemble.

The band and choir students of Moffat County High School and Craig Middle School performed their final full concerts Tuesday and Thursday nights in the MCHS auditorium.

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Christina Wilcox directs the combined Craig Middle School choir and the Moffat County High School Concert Choir during a Thursday night show. The groups went on before MCHS's Center Stage closed the performance.

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Craig Middle School eighth-grader Kathryn Haskins performs on the French horn during the CMS band concert Thursday night in the Moffat County High School auditorium. The show also included the CMS and MCHS choirs.

The MCHS Concert and Jazz Bands hit a high note Tuesday with selections including a tribute to composer Aaron Copland, Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther” and a medley from the Broadway musical “The Lion King,” the latter of which band director John Bolton said has been one he’s wanted his students to perform for years.

The Jazz Band recently received “Superior” rankings at the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival. Bolton said both groups have done well throughout the year despite adjusting to new elements, such as a different practice routine with the block schedule at MCHS.

“These kids are doing wonderful, and we’ve had a great year,” he said.

Bolton said a large number of incoming freshmen from CMS will help keep the band program strong next year. Even so, with a handful of seniors leaving, the end of the school year is like losing friends, he said.

The sentiment was also high Thursday night as Bolton’s middle-schoolers performed songs like Brian Balmages’ “Ocean Voyage” and the theme to “Pirates of the Caribbean,” followed by both the MCHS and CMS choirs.

Choir director Christina Wilcox took the opportunity to honor many of her students individually in between tunes, and they returned the favor.

The show included MCHS’s Center Stage with a variety of love standards, while the Concert Choir’s set included “In You I Found” alone and “Dona Nobis Pacem” accompanied by CMS singers.

Wilcox was quick to describe their voices as being divine in her introduction.

“It’s one of the most glorious sounds you’ll ever hear,” she said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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