Band pair selected to All-State

Hayden students performing at prestigious concert

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— Janey Montieth and Melissa Bowden know that results come only with practice and plenty of patience.

The Hayden High School students recently heard they earned a spot in the All-State band concert at the University of Northern Colorado in early April.

Montieth, a junior, plays the flute and Bowden, a sophomore, plays the trumpet.

They began practicing last May for their audition, which required them to play several scales and one piece of their own choosing, in addition to sight reading some music.

The chance to play with such talented people made their efforts worth all the hours of practice, they said.

But the girls agreed it would be a nice break to play some new music. They will play several pieces at the All-State band concert in Greeley, where they will also try out for their chairs.

This will be the girls' first trip to the concert, which fields some 200-plus students from high schools throughout Colorado.

The three-day experience will expose Montieth and Bowden to other high-caliber musicians, who will be looking to impress music scouts from area colleges.

They said both intend to pursue their music beyond high school.

Opportunities like the All-State band, they said, give them a better shot at getting music scholarships when they apply for college.

Their commitment to music, the girls said, doesn't always make sense to their classmates, who wonder why they would devote so much of their time to it.

"I'm a self-proclaimed band geek," Bowden said.

All-State band runs April 4-6. Montieth and Bowden will get some practice playing with other high school musicians next weekend when they travel to Fort Collins to play in the Colorado State University Honor Band.

They sent in audition tapes last year to compete for a spot in the band, said Todd Sargent, band director for the Hayden schools.

Sargent applauded his students for their recent accomplishments, which speaks to their dedication to their music, he said.

Montieth and Bowden began playing their instruments in the fifth grade. A former band teacher, Bill Grimes, inspired them to play and keep with their practice, they said.

Bowden said she originally wanted to play the saxophone but Grimes suggested she try the trumpet.

Bowden played her trumpet Saturday in Grand Junction as part of festivities for the Olympic torch relay. Thirty trumpet players from high schools throughout Colorado entertained the crowd, torchbearers and support runners.

Bowden said she decided to apply for the chance to play when applications arrived at the high school a few months ago.

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