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Eagle County high school bands are busy

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyPat Sheehy and the 2008 Eagle Valley High School band sit outside of Shriners Hospital for Children in California in February. The band played for the children on Valentines Day and also made cookies with them.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Music programs at Eagle Valley High School and Battle Mountain High School have racked up some big achievements this year.

The Eagle Valley High School band took a five-day trip to California and spent its time playing for the Shriners Hospital for Children. The band recorded three Disney songs in a musical workshop in the Disneyland studio lot.

“It was really interesting to see a Disney movie play while the band performed the music to go along with it,” said Pat Sheehy, music teacher at Eagle Valley High School.

At the Colorado High School Athletic Association Large Group Music Festival in April, the Eagle Valley band received straight twos (excellent ratings) in the competition. In addition, the select choir and concert choir received ones (superior ratings). Only four choirs received superior ratings at the festival.

“One judge told the select choir they gave her chills, which doesn’t happen often,” Sheehy said.

The Battle Mountain High School band has also had success.

Aaron Wacker, a long-term substitute music teacher at Battle Mountain, took over the group in February. The band is small this year ” only eight students.

The Battle Mountain band traveled to the Elitch Gardens Music Festival on May 3. Middle and high school bands and choirs from all over Colorado attended this festival.

“Our group played three different pieces and received a combined score of 93 percent, giving the Battle Mountain a gold medal,” Wacker said.

Wacker is finishing his bachelor of music education at the University of Northern Colorado and plans on staying with the Battle Mountain High School music program.

“The students work very hard and deserve all the recognition that they can get,” Wacker said. “With these students’ hard work and my combined efforts, we have already almost tripled the music program for the up-coming year.”

Battle Mountain will host its Spring Music Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the school.

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