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Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival

PALISADE, Colo - More than 200 student orchestras, bands, and choirs are showing off their skills for the 92nd annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival.

The music ensembles range from middle school to high school students and the performances are split up into four different categories.

The orchestra ensembles are performing at Palisade High School, bands are playing at Grand Junction High School, jazz bands are at Central High School, and choirs are singing at Colorado Mesa University.

Students are able to learn a variety of music techniques at the performances they'd otherwise be unable to experience, plus, it gives them a chance to gain knowledge of stage setup.

"The biggest thing is having some clinic time with judges that are somebody other than their normal teachers. The kids come in, they play, we have a panel of professional judges that are orchestra experts, they talk to the kids and give them some insights that maybe they don't hear every day from their regular teacher", says Troy Raper the orchestra teacher at Palisade High School.

The variety of performances are continuing until this Saturday, you can find out more about the schedule at https://community.d51schools.org/sites/shared/music/sitedocs/17%20Colorado%20West%20Schedule.pdf.

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