Very few middle school music groups are selected to perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) Conference, held every January at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. It’s really rare for two groups from the same middle school to earn that prestigious honor at the same time.
But this month, both the Fox Ridge Middle School Jazz Pack and Honor Choir take the stage to perform for hundreds of music teachers from across the state.
They join five other groups from the Cherry Creek School District that were selected to perform:
• Fox Hollow Elementary School Choir
• Smoky Hill High School Symphonic Choir
• Cherry Creek High School Symphonic Orchestra
• Cherry Creek High School Wind Ensemble
• Cherry Creek High School Meistersingers
The Fox Ridge Middle School Jazz Pack jazz band is made up of 25 students who play alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano and vibes, acoustic and electric bass, and drums and percussion. Their program has five numbers, including "Milestones" by jazz great Miles Davis and "Summertime" from the Gershwin musical "Porgy and Bess." The Jazz Pack is under the direction of Martin Martinez, Instrumental Music Director and Fine Arts Coordinator.
The 55 member Honor Choir will perform four numbers, including "The Winner Is" by Devotchka and Danna and "Hope for Resolution" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. The Honor Choir is under the direction of Brian Gonzales, Vocal Music Director.
Fox Ridge Principal Tracey Grant couldn’t be more proud of the students and their teachers.
“The opportunity to share the talent, commitment and passion of our students and their directors is an honor for us,” said Grant. “They are examples of why as a profession we can never lose sight of the value of quality school-based music programs in the well-rounded experiences of our students.”