Hayden School District's music program is preparing for several presentations in March and April.
Perhaps the biggest billing the schools have ever had is April 30, when New York jazz guitar virtuosa Jane Getter will perform at the high school auditorium. The one-time "Saturday Night Live" guitarist has collaborated with some of New York's finest jazz musicians, released her own album in 1998 and has another due out soon, and was recruited to play in Hayden this year by Hayden Music Director Tim Watt.
"She's just phenomenal," Watt said. "Some of our jazz students will be drooling when they see this woman play."
Watt said he wanted Getter to come to the school mainly to inspire his jazz band and jazz combo groups, but the concert also will be open to the public. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Getter plays with a band of three to six musicians. She performs in Hayden as part of a trio completed by a drummer and a keyboard player.
But several other shows are set for the stage before the Getter concert, including three shows in the next five days.
Watt is busy preparing the musical sections in the melodramatic play "The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux," which premieres for students at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and takes the stage for a public performance at 7 p.m. Friday.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the Hayden middle and high schools' bands will perform a free concert, showcasing tunes that will be played at the Colorado High School Athletics Association Large-Ensemble Festival.
"This will be pretty incredible, especially for the middle school students," Watt said. "All of this is high-school-level music."
Songs on the set list include serious compositions such as: "Lest We Forget" and "Bellinggrath," and a bit of comic relief with the theme from "Spongebob Squarepants."
April 6, another prolific jazz musician will play a concert Hayden High School.
After a day of lecture and classroom demonstrations with Hayden's jazz and jazz combo bands, Dr. Scott Turpen, director of jazz studies at the University of Wyoming, will play a public concert at 7 p.m. Tickets are $3.
Turpen's jazz concert will be part of a larger variety show the music program is putting on to benefit the Don Driscoll family.
Driscoll, a longtime Hayden resident, was hospitalized for more than four months after being diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and West Nile virus. Driscoll returned home recently but is faced with costly medical bills.
The variety show benefit will feature the saxophone playing of Turpen, singing from the Hayden Women's Choir, comedy skits, the Steamboat Jazz Band and a display of student artwork.
"These other concerts are pretty serious, but the variety show will be more of a night just to show off and have fun," Watt said. "It will be more of a celebration."
The school is accepting donations to help pay for these concerts. If donations and ticket sales completely fund the concerts, any leftover money will go to the music program for computer equipment or new instruments.