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Musicians celebrate as 31 are named to All-State groups

Hard work from elementary school through high school paid off for a number of D38 students as 31 Lewis-Palmer High School (LPHS) and Palmer Ridge High School (PRHS) students earned selections to the various Colorado All-State musical groups, including Choir, Jazz, Orchestra and Band.

The students were led by a group of music educators who have propelled D38 to be named a best community for music education by the NAMM Foundation for consecutive years,

“Often we see All-State as a momentary achievement, or the culmination of work for an audition that often begins in June of the previous year, but really All-State is the result of years of effort and dedication,” said Tom Chapman, director of bands and Popular Music Studies at LPHS.

Chapman said these students are being honored as the best-of-the-best in the state, and many of the students will go on to study music as a future career path.

“The huge success of being selected to All-State is shared by all D38 music students, from the elementary level up,” said Butch Eversole, director of bands at LPHS. “It is the day-to-day peer interaction, modeling, support and camaraderie that motivates students to do their very best, develop as musicians and artists, and continually exceed expectations.”

Eversole and Chapman agreed music is a constant through each D38 school, and said the work that takes place in elementary schools helps feed into success at the high school level.

“Even on our hardest days, we have one goal, to create meaningful musical experiences,” Chapman said.

The individuals who earned honors are as follows:

All-State Choir (PRHS only)

All-State Orchestra
LPHS Students

PRHS Students

All-State Jazz (PRHS Only)

All-State Band
LPHS Students

PRHS Students

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