Snowmass festival’s band contest features Yampah Mountain alums |

Snowmass festival’s band contest features Yampah Mountain alums

Suzie Romig
Special to the Post Independent
Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Five Yampah Mountain School graduates in the band Stealth will play on Fanny Hill Sunday as part of this weekend’s Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest.

Stealth will play mostly metal but will also combine acoustic guitar, funk and jam songs with classical music during the Roaring Fork Valley Battle of the Bands competition from 1-5:30 p.m. Four bands will compete for the $1,000 prize. Admission is free Sunday.

The band consists of guitarist Jack Rugile, of Basalt; guitarist Trevor Paine, of Glenwood Springs; guitarist Mike Inverso, of Glenwood Springs, drummer Ben Stranahan, of Aspen; and bassist Chris Fernald, of Glenwood Springs. On May 21, Stealth won best high school garage band at Basalt’s Battle of the Bands, and won second in that category the year before as juniors.

Rugile, Paine, Inverso and Fernald will study music, pursuing professional certificates this fall at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. Stranahan will join his band in L.A. at acting school.

The Musicians Institute students hope to gain an edge in the music business and continue as a band, Rugile said. Three of the students were able to attend a five-week summer program last summer in Boston at the Berklee School of Music.

“We just came together and were able to shine there and put a lot of time into it … studying music … writing complex songs. Being at that school gave us the freedom to do that,” Rugile said.

Yampah music teacher Sonja Linman taught and coached the students while at the school. The band will play a free show at 8 p.m. on July 20 at Wednesday Night Live at Glenwood Music in downtown Glenwood Springs.

Suzie Romig is the Roaring Fork School District’s public information officer.

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