ASC Showcase and Top of the Nation Honor Band concerts this weekend


The Adams State College Music Department presents its annual Showcase Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Richardson Hall, under the direction of Dr. James VanValkenburg, director of bands.

The concert will feature the ASC Wind Ensemble and the ASC Concert Band in an evening performance of great music.

The "Top of the Nation" Honor Band, one of the longest running honor bands in Colorado, with a tradition dating back over 40 years. Honor band selects students from the entire Southwestern United States. The band consists of some of the finest high school instrumental musicians in the Southwest with members coming from Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado.

The honor band concert starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 in Richardson Hall. Guest conductors for the concert are Craig Ketels and VanValkenburg. Ketels received a master's of arts degree in secondary education from Adams State and his bachelor's of arts degree in music education K-12 and music performance from Western State College.

Ketels is a professional trumpet player in the Colorado Springs region and is a founding member of the Monument Hill Brass quintet. He is a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Colorado Bandmasters Association, and Phi Beta Mu. Recent inductions include the Colorado Music Education Association "Hall of Fame" (2005), Phi Beta Mu "Most Honored Band Director" (2006), Colorado Music Educator "Twenty Five Year Service Award" (2005), and The Colorado Bandmasters Association "Hall of Fame" (2006).

Tickets for Thursday night's concert are $5 for adults, $1 for students and free for AS&F and Friends of Music. The Top of the Nation concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact the ASC Music Department at 719-587-7621.

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