Our Program

About Central High School

Located on the western slope of Colorado, in beautiful Grand Junction, Central High School serves approximately 1450 students each year. Central High School’s mission is that, “Through RIGOR, RELEVANCE and RELATIONSHIPS, we strive for academic excellence by following the Way of the Warrior.”  Under the direction of the CHS administration, we strive to encourage and promote every student to live up to his or her individual excellence in all aspects of academics/activities.

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About the Central High School Band Program

The Central High School band program is one of the most prosperous and versatile programs at Central High School. There are many instrumental/performance ensembles offered in the band department at Central High School. The goal of these ensembles is to provide a versatile and rigorous performing experience for the students at CHS, which will enable these students to continue to enrich society after graduation from Central High School.

The ensembles/courses offered at Central High School are:

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Percussion Class
  • Jazz Band I
  • Jazz Band II
  • Marching Warriors/Color Guard
  • Pep Band
  • Various Chamber Ensembles
  • Winter Drumline / Percussion Ensemble
  • Winterguard
  • Music Theory

Awards/Accolades

2016-2017 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Colorado West Marching Festival – 2nd place
  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd place
  • State Semi-Finalist – 12th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Junior Varsity and Varsity Winterguard – State Finalists

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 50 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Kayla Stoneburner and Connor Maybury, Alternates
  • WSCBA Honor Jazz Band – Miranda Chaffin and Connor Maybury

2015-2016 School Year

Entire program earned the “CBA Exemplary Band Award”

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 1st Place
  • State Finalist – 8th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • 3rd Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent rating
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – State Qualifier

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 40 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Sean Diehl

2014-2015 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd Place
  • State Quarterfinalist – 14th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier – Qualified for the State Concert Band Festival
  • Symphonic Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Wind Ensemble – Excellent Rating – State Concert Band Festival

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • 4th Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Wind Ensemble – Superior Rating
  • Symphonic Band – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band I – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band II – Excellent Rating

CMU Jazz Festival

  • Mateo Parsons (Senior, Trumpet/Flugelhorn) – Outstanding Solo

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – 5th Place – Class SRA

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 20 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band

2013-2014 School Year

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Marching Band

  • Western Slope Regional Qualifier – 2nd Place
  • State Semifinalist – 11th Place

Colorado Bandmasters Association – Concert Band

  • Symphonic Winds – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier
  • Concert Band – Excellent Rating – Western Slope Regional Qualifier

Colorado West Marching Invitational

  • Outstanding Color Guard (4A/5A)
  • 3rd Place Overall

Colorado West Music Festival

  • Symphonic Winds – Superior Rating
  • Jazz Band II – Superior Rating
  • Concert Band – Excellent Rating
  • Jazz Band I – Excellent Rating

Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association

  • CHS Winterguard – 5th Place – Class SRA

District 51 Solo/Ensemble Festival

  • Over 30 solo/ensemble entries that received “excellent”/”superior” ratings.

Students selected to:

  • CBA Select Band
  • Best of the West Band
  • CU Honor Band – Taelor Blakesley
  • Colorado All State Honor Band (UNC) – Taelor Blakesley and Emily Djokic

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