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Aspen High School band to put on free concert and kids costume contest at Snowmass Chapel

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

Don’t be alarmed if you see some creepy-looking musicians hanging around the Snowmass Chapel.

The Aspen High School performing band is putting on a free Halloween performance at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Snowmass Chapel with food and fun on the agenda.

Each section of the band, led by director Steve Heldt, will wear costumes to go with a selected theme. They’ll be featuring movie-soundtrack music from “Star Trek,” the “Harry Potter” franchise, “The Hobbit,” “Brave” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

There also will be a costume contest for children 12 and younger, with the winner getting to be a guest conductor for the final song of the night.

“We picked music that the younger kids can relate to,” Heldt said. “The music is challenging, and our students really responded to the task. We all like music we recognize, and this is going to be fun for everyone.”

There also will be a bake sale during the event, with more than a dozen parents volunteering to bring in tasty goods for sale.

The event also is another opportunity for the Aspen High band to perform publicly. In the past, the band typically would play only one winter concert from September through December.

Since Heldt took over as instrumental music director for the district, as well as the band director at the high school last year, the Aspen band has raised its profile within the community.

“The kids are learning a lot of different music between playing at football games, this Halloween show and our winter concert in December,” Heldt said. “Our students are very talented, and I wanted to challenge them to perform different music. They’re really eating it up and loving it.”

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