As rain washed away the lingering signs of winter Wednesday morning, more than 20 members of the Steamboat Springs High School band rehearsed "Into the Joy of Spring" in the school's auditorium.
It was the final tune-up for tonight's Spring Concert, a seasonal showcase of the high school's concert band and jazz ensemble. Led by band director Ken Crombie, student musicians will perform several pieces, including "An American Hymn" featuring fifes and drums; "Lux Aurumque," an instrumental transcription of a vocal piece that Crombie called "an absolutely gorgeous piece of music;" and "Toccata for Band," a standard concert selection.
Band members performed those selections at the Colorado High School Activities Association's Large-Group Band Festival, held April 20 at the high school. Crombie said tonight's show has a few new twists.
"There will be some surprises," he said. "We're going to feature some seniors who are graduating and do some fun things."
"Into the Joy of Spring" is a new piece for the band. Crombie said the intricate piece contains many rhythms and time signatures, which he animatedly conducted as students rehearsed Wednesday.
"You guys need to be a little faster. Stay right with me," he told band members as he rapped his baton on a music stand to set the beat.
The band includes five seniors, for whom tonight's concert will be the last at the high school.
"Next year will be probably the biggest graduating class in some time," Crombie said. "A lot of this year's juniors have been together for a long time."
There is no charge for the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium.
All ages are welcome, Crombie said. "It's a family show."
What: Spring Concert for Steamboat Springs High School jazz ensemble and concert band When: 7 p.m. tonight Where: Steamboat Springs High School auditorium
Last show for seniors
Tonight's concert marks the last high school performance for five graduating seniors, band director Ken Crombie said. They are: Zack Folkestad, percussion; Andrew Goss, trombone; Chris Hansen, guitar; Marty Ludwig, guitar; and Thorstein Sveinsson, exchange student from Iceland, French horn