Rock out with Yampah musicians
On a sunny April morning in Glenwood Springs, electric guitar riffs competed with chirping birds outside the Masonic Lodge’s Blue Acacia Playhouse.The contrast between high volume music and nature’s soundtrack may have been fitting as Yampah Mountain High School music students practiced Wednesday for their annual spring concert, “The Great Spring Meltdown of 2005.” From metal rock to gospel, the variety of the concert’s genres exemplify the creativity of the group, according to director Sonja Linman.”The concert is all about having fun, but also discipline and concentration because everybody plays different instruments, and they’re all trying to coordinate that,” Linman said. “This is just another example of the good things our kids are doing in the valley. We really want to emphasize their talents because many of them are going to be musicians when they grow up.”Linman said the concert provides the musicians with the chance to gain real-world music industry experience and, for some, practice for the valley’s upcoming performances.”We have full bands like Stealth playing to get prepared for the Battle of the Bands. And three of the guys are headed to the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles,” she said. “It takes a lot of guts to get on stage, sing and perform. We don’t want to take the value out of the musicianship. These students have a place in our culture. We like to encourage their craft.”For 17 year-old guitarist Jack Rugile, one of five members of Stealth, the spring concert is a way to improve and expand his musical repertoire on his road to fame. He is one of two bandmates headed to the Musicians Institute after graduation.”I’m still in it for the music,” he said. “I appreciate all types of music but I just happen to be in a metal band. Metal is definitely my favorite, but I also like acoustic guitar, no vocals, just the music.”Rugile said his education at Yampah has helped him develop a career track in the music industry.”You’re free to do traditional stuff but you’re also free to do the stuff you love so much and go out on your own to learn,” said Rugile, who started playing guitar at age 14.The drummer-turned guitarist also said his parents have provided inspiration and support with his music.”I wouldn’t be playing if it weren’t for them,” Rugile said. “They’re backing me 100 percent. They’ve been such a big help.”In addition to Rugile and Stealth, Friday’s concert features performances of “El Shaddai” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain” by K-La Olave and classical songs from Spain.Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. The show doubles as a live recording, so be advised that sound levels will be high.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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