Rifle High School's music programs are bursting with success. The band and choir programs have had more students make honor ensembles than at any time in their past. The following accolades have been auditioned for and earned by RHS students:
• The band program has had four students make all state band and three students make the alternate list, two students made all state orchestra and one student made all state jazz band. The following bands selected students from RHS: Northwest Honor Band, CBA Select, and Jazz Aspen Honor Jazz.
• The choir program has had five students make all state choir, one student make an international honor choir and 20 students make Western Slope Honor Choir. Colorado Directors Select Choir chose 12 students to participate.
Rifle High School has also hosted two large music events in our region, Fall Vocal Clinic (with 415 singers) and solo ensemble (around 300 participants). At solo ensemble, Rifle students had much success with the band program. They had 12 entries with superior ratings and two entries with excellent ratings. The choir program had 14 entries with superior ratings and eight entries with excellent ratings. The band program had about 25 students involved and the choir program around 30 students involved.
This year, Rifle High School will present the musical, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Most of the students who have made these honor ensembles will be in the production. Please come and see the talented students of Rifle High School perform Feb. 27 - March 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ryan Monarch, director of bands
Daryl Gingrich, choir director
Rifle High School
Vince James always participates in the Rifle Snowmobile Poker Run, usually with his wife. But this year his daughter, Joslin, decided to join him for a father/daughter day.
Vince bought several hands and gave some to his daughter. Joslin said she had never played poker and wasn't sure what kind of hand she had until the phone call late Sunday night, Feb. 17. Congratulations, Joslin!
The winners: First place, $500, Joslin James of Silt with four nines; second place, $250, Yvonne Chambers of Rifle with four sevens; third place, $150, Jane Murphy of Highlands Ranch with a full house of kings and fours; fourth place, $100, Robert Davies of Edwards with a full house of queens and tens.
The Grand River Hospital District will host the Battlement Mesa/Parachute Health Fair from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Grand Valley Recreation Center, 398 Arroyo Dr. in Battlement Mesa.
Low cost blood tests, free blood pressure screenings, and many other low cost or no cost screenings will be offered. For more information, call 625-6433.