Rifle High School hosted the regional high school band Solo and Ensemble competition on Feb. 10. The event drew 143 entries, including 50 entries of vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles from RHS. Music teachers from area schools and Colorado Mesa University rated the musicians and provided helpful critiques.
Most students spent months preparing for the performance, said RHS band director Ryan Monarch. "It takes hard work and a commitment to excellence to receive a great rating and go through this process."