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Summit High band rates excellent at state

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Summit County, Colorado

Mark FoxMembers of the horn section in the Summit High Symphonic Band practice in the band room.

For the fourth year in a row, the Summit High Symphonic Band has rated excellent at the State Concert Band Festival hosted by Colorado Bandmasters Association.

The 50 students that make up the band first competed at regionals in March against 80 bands to earn a place at the state festival, held Sunday and Monday at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. There, they performed among the top 23 bands in the state.

The excellent rating is just below the best, superior. Three other ratings stand below the excellent rating. Five nationally-known judges base their decision on such qualities as intonation, balance, blend, dynamics and technique, said John Hermanson, Summit High School’s instrumental music director.

The band, which meets every other day for an hour and half to rehearse, performed three pieces.

“It takes hours and hours of practice on an individual basis, not to mention (group) rehearsals,” Hermanson said.

One of the perks of going to state involves the band trip to Fort Collins, where students get to spend the night in a hotel, for the state festival.

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“We definitely have a lot of fun together,” said bandmember and trumpet player Tess Olson, a sophomore. “We’ve been referred to as one social group.”

The festival gives students a different perspective from a renowned musician, as well as a half-hour clinic.

“It’s a valuable musical experience for them,” Hermanson said.