Summit High musicians closing out a banner year |

Summit High musicians closing out a banner year

Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc

BRECKENRIDGE – Wednesday night’s concert by the Summit High School Jazz Band may be one of Summit County’s last chances to hear the award-winning musicians locally before they head off to their futures. A quarter of the school is involved in instrumental music, according to the Summit High director of instrumental music, Stephanie Texera, and the musicians have hit their stride this year.”They’re going all over the state and winning all sorts of competitions,” said Jeff Baum, executive director of the Breckenridge Music Festival, a sponsor of the Wednesday concert.

Their accomplishments in the past school year include the Symphonic Band being selected to perform at the Colorado Bandmaster Association State Band Festival. The Jazz Band received the superior mark at the Mile High Jazz Festival. Individual accomplishments include three Summit High students making the all-state band; sisters Courtney (on euphonium) and Stephanie Wade (clarinet) made it for the all-state symphonic band and Gabe Wilner made it into the all-state jazz band with his saxophone. Several individual musicians were also awarded for outstanding musicianship at the Mile High Jazz Festival. “We had a lot of fun and started to really bond,” said sophomore Stephanie Wade of the symphonic band.”People need to come and see,” said Baum. “We’re talking about some amazing musicians.”She’s (Texera) taken these kids, many of whom are seniors, and created this really cohesive jazz band,” Baum said.

The Jazz Band will perform Wednesday at the Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge to raise money for students traveling to Europe this summer. The symphonic band travels to Colorado Springs in two weeks for their showing at the state band festival.Jazz ExtravaganzaWho: Summit High School Jazz Band

What: Fundraiser for student musicians traveling to Europe this summerWhen: Wednesday at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.Where: Father Dyer United Methodist Church in Breckenridge, located at 310 Wellington RoadTickets: $10 at the door, or they can be reserved by calling (970) 547-9311

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