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Craig Middle School students prepare for year’s final concert

The Avengers' theme song slated to cap middle school performance

Michael Neary

Craig Middle School sixth-grader Delilah Perez watches for cues from Band Director John Bolton as she and the other students prepare for a concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium.

— When Craig Middle School students perform their spring concert on Thursday, they'll no doubt play some traditional fare. But they also have something else in mind.

"I've had a few of my eighth-graders and a couple of my seventh-graders bugging me to play The Avengers‘ theme," said Band Director John Bolton. "So, as I was stewing over this over Christmas break, I found an arrangement of the Avengers' theme that middle schoolers could handle."

Bolton said he plans to bring high school musicians back on stage — their concert was last week — to play The Avengers‘ theme song with the seventh and eighth-graders at the end of the middle school concert. The musicians will surround the auditorium.

"We're going to get a little bit of pizzazz for our final concert," he said.

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the high school auditorium.

Bolton noted the importance of bringing middle school musicians and high school players together — something he's never done in a concert before.

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"I want the middle schoolers to know that they're part of the bigger program," Bolton said. "They're not isolated."

Bolton said the concert would start with music from the sixth-graders, and then move on up through the three middle-school grades.

Courtney Haskins, one of the veteran musicians in the band, plays the tuba.

"I like playing slow music," said Courtney, an eighth-grader. "It's more emotional. It gives more of a message to the audience."

Courtney Smith, also an eighth-grader, plays percussion for the band. She said she's played piano for about seven years, and she watched her brother play trombone in the band and wanted to play, too. Courtney said she didn't play a wind instrument, but moving from piano to other percussion instruments seemed like a good plan.

"The marimba and the xylophone have the same notes, in the same order," Courtney Smith said. "Instead of using your fingers, you mostly use your arms and your wrists."

Both Courtney Haskins and Courtney Smith recall their earliest days of music — and the role their families played in those days.

"My sister plays the French horn, and I kind of wanted to be like her," Courtney Haskins said. "My dad also played in the band. He played the trumpet, and a little bit of percussion, too."

Courtney Smith remembers her grandmother teaching her songs on the piano, and she said her mother noticed her singing since she was extremely young.

"Ever since I could talk," Courtney said with a chuckle. "Or so she said."

Contact Michael Neary at 970-875-1794 or mneary@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.