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Playing with the best of Jeffco elementary musicians

Creighton Middle hosts annual showcase

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Despite a slick and snowy evening, parents and family turned out in droves to Lakewood's Creighton Middle School for the Elementary Honor Band and Orchestra Concert, Feb. 23.

The annual concert features about 95 of the county's best band members, and 100 in the orchestra. Students are selected by teachers to represent their schools. Students spent most of the day at the school rehearsing for the performance.

"It is an opportunity for the kids who are ready for a more challenging musical experience to improve their musical skills," wrote Lee Andres, music curriculum specialist, in an email interview.

Brian Margrave, fourth through eighth grade band teacher in the Cheyenne Mountain School District, conducted the band and Danielle Johnson, associate principal violist in the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, conducted the orchestra.

"Music is so powerful, and so important," Margrave said. "It's very important that we have it in school for our kids."

We spoke to people before and after the concert to get their thoughts on the performance.

Lee Andres, music curriculum specialist - "My favorite part is probably watching the excitement the kids show once they are done with the experience. It is the most challenging music and the longest rehearsals they have done in their young musical careers. It is something they will remember for a long time."

Mike Alcorn, Fremont Elementary band instructor - "The purpose is twofold: to show off the most talented musicians the district has, and to give those students an opportunity to perform in a group of their ability peers, as an enrichment to their normal programs."

Stacie Minkten, parent of student performer - "I thought it was awesome, and it's so great everyone is so supportive of these students."

Aliya More, sixth grade percussionist at Peck Elementary - "It was really fun to practice with everyone for a while, and I had a lot of fun meeting other percussion players."

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