Top-rated Summit High ensembles perform Thursday |

Top-rated Summit High ensembles perform Thursday

Instructor John Hermanson is creating a buzz, concerning Summit High School’s music program.

“Because of Mr. Hermanson’s efforts, the community is now more aware of the number of talented kids at the high school, and the people are developing a greater appreciation of music as a result,” said Paula Parker, whose son studies with Hermanson. “More and more students are choosing to study music in college, and Mr. Hermanson has instilled the idea that anything is possible.”

These days, students are performing with the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, as well as at the new Colorado Mountain College.

“Personally, I believe students are being exposed to opportunities in the community that have not been available before,” Parker said.

And, they’re receiving national ratings; the Summit High School Orchestra earned an excellent rating and garnered first place in a recent national contest in Colorado Springs. The jazz band earned superior ratings and the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival April 23, by playing college-level literature and “surpassing everyone’s expectations,” Hermanson said.

Since he came to Summit High last school year, Hermanson has been focusing on fundamentals, musicality and performance.

“Since then, there has been pretty tremendous growth,” he said. “They’ve really stepped up, and they’re playing really difficult pieces.”

Thursday’s concert featuring Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestra will include chamber music, solos, a showcase of pieces the groups played at state competitions and a few surprises. Guest soloist Shilo Stroman, assistant professor of percussion at Colorado State University, will also perform.

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