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Thompson takes over as symphony president

Marice Doll
Special to the Post Independent

Flying fingers have stood Kelly Thompson well: for 22 years on the keys of his trumpet, and now on the keyboard of his computer business.

Thompson, who has just been elected president of the Glenwood Springs-based Symphony in the Valley, first came to Rifle in 1993 as a music teacher and band director in the Garfield Re-2 School District.

“It was a wonderful program,” Thompson comments. “Every year when we went to the Cavalcade of Music in Colorado Springs, a music festival with ratings, we always did well.”

In May 2001, Thompson turned to his other interest, computers, and opened Thompson Computer Services in Rifle.

Thompson, a cum laude graduate from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in trumpet performance and music education, is famous for playing a piccolo trumpet, a Baroque musical instrument popular from 1600 to 1750.

“It has no valves, so it just plays the higher registers through long tubes,” he explained. The instrument was a gift from his father, Durell Thompson. The senior Thompson, a percussionist and clarinetist, “always helped my musical career along,” Thompson said.

Thompson and his wife, Jeannette, have a 14-month-old son, Michael. Will he help his own son’s career along?

“So far, we’ve given him a piano with a Snoopy dog dancing on top, but I’m not sure that constitutes helping a musical career.”

Joining Thompson on the orchestra board are Lorraine Curry, vice president; Peggy Sconce, secretary; Karen Tafejian, treasurer; Wendy Larson, conductor and artistic director; Jean Martensen and Dave Merritt.

The Symphony in the Valley is currently looking for musicians for its string and double reed sections. Rehearsals will start in September for the December concerts. For information, call Larson at 920-4314.


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