3 Cougar bandsmen chosen for All-State

       Coronado High senior Miles Roth has continued to build his musical resume this year, with his second straight selection as first chair trumpet on the All-State Jazz Band.

Coronado High's All-State Symphonic Band selectees... FAR LEFT: percussionist Joe Darpino (left) and trumpet player Miles Roth.
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       Roth, joined by juniors Joe Darpino (percussion) and Nathaniel Lohmann (bassoon), also was chosen for a second straight year to the All-State Symphonic Band.
       The selections were made based on auditions in late 2010.
       Looking ahead to college, Roth said he's deciding between CU-Boulder and North Texas. His plan is to be a jazz studies major, with a career goal that's “pretty much music at this point,” he said. He estimated he practices an average of four hours a day (including class time) during the school year and eight to nine in summer.
       Lohmann made All-State Orchestra last year on the bassoon, but this year is playing cello in the orchestra and did not audition on that instrument. When asked which instrument he prefers, he said the bassoon.
       Lohmann is not sure what direction he'll take with music at this point. When he goes to college, he's thinking of majoring in music and another subject. “It's hard to find a full-time music job,” he observed.
       Darpino said he sees music as his “main interest,” and hopes eventually to carry it forward in college. He is also helping tutor young musicians at West Middle School, he said.
       The All-State Symphonic Band will perform April 9 in Greeley.
       The All-State Jazz Band will perform Jan. 29 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
       The Coronado band instructor is Alan Combs.

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Note: Coronado also has All-State selections for choir and orchestra. The Westside Pioneer will have articles on those students in upcoming issues.