Colorado West Music Festival Provides Economic Boost
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- District 51 and Colorado Mesa University kicked off the 88th annual Colorado West Invitational Music Performance Festival on Thursday.
High schools across the Grand Valley and Colorado Mesa were the sites of numerous musical performances, from large choirs to jazz band performances.
Nearly 1,500 junior high and high school students will perform for 223 different musical ensembles over the three day event.
While awards will be handed out to some groups, the event is more of a learning experience.
"Really, it's more about bringing your group to perform, do well, and get some feedback and new ideas from other renditions," said Matt Doty, Choir Director at Palisade High School.
Not only is the event important for District 51, but also for all Grand Junction businesses.
Officials from the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau look at this event every year as the kickoff event for tourism in the Grand Valley.
"It benefits the whole community," said Barbara J. Bowman, Division Manager of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. "The fact the students come and go out, eat at restaurants, may do a tour at the Colorado National Monument, may go to the museum. It's a wonderful, positive economic impact."
Bowman says the peak tourism season in Grand Junction lasts from April through October.
The public is encouraged to attend the musical performances over the next two days.
For a schedule of all performances, visit www.mesa.k12.co.us/departments/music.