BAND-O-RAMA features local bands


    By Heidi Tanner
    Special to The PREVIEW

    The third annual BAND-O-RAMA is just around the corner. Please make plans to attend this wonderful concert, which features the middle school and high school bands in a joint concert with the Pagosa Springs Community Band. The concert is on Saturday, May 10, in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    The concert will begin with the middle school bands under the direction of Malinda Fultz., who is in her second year as music director at the middle school, after having received her degree from Fort Lewis College. Malinda is a native of Pagosa Springs who has participated in and brightened Pagosa’s music scene for many years. Most recently, she played saxophone in the pit band for the high school’s production of “Hairspray.”

    Malinda says of her teaching, “My biggest goal as a teacher is to encourage as many students as possible with musical interests — be it instrumental or vocal. I want to create a positive culture around music as these students are busy with so many activities. I would like to continue to grow the music program at the Middle School by offering as many musical possibilities as I can so there are many choices for students who are interested in music and the performing arts.”

    Music education in Pagosa Springs begins in the elementary school with choral and general music training taught by Lisa Hartley. Middle school is where instrumental instruction begins with sixth-grade band. Thus, Malinda is teaching a variety of instruments ranging from woodwind instruments, such as a flute, to percussion, to electric bass, to brass instruments, such as the trombone and trumpet, to students who never played before.

    It has been a busy year for these middle school band students, who held a fall concert and Christmas concert. The advanced players also participated in the Fort Lewis Honor Band — a two-day event hosted by Fort Lewis College where band students from all over Colorado played under the direction of professional guest conductors culminating in a concert at the Fort Lewis Community Concert Hall. After BAND-O-RAMA, the middle school students will also be presenting their spring concert on Tuesday, May 15, in the high school auditorium. The spring concert will feature solo and ensemble performances by middle school students in addition to the full bands.

    BAND-O-RAMA is in its third year and has quickly become a tradition. One of the missions of the Pagosa Springs Community Band is to promote the growth of musical education in our schools. Hosting BAND-O-RAMA and having student players within our ranks are a few of the ways the community band supports music education in our schools. This year, the Pagosa Springs Community Band will be featuring some beautiful and lively concert band music. Look forward to the popular American folk song “Shenandoah,” which describes the longing for home and the beauty of the Missouri River. Our version of this beautiful and haunting piece features our gifted flute section which has a beautiful solo where each player weaves the melody around the other. This piece will be conducted by guest conductor Larry Elginer, who is also our first trumpet.

    Come enjoy our school bands and the Pagosa Springs Community Band for a spirited evening of concert band music.

    Donations are always welcome. Proceeds from donations will be shared with our middle school and high school music departments.