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Old 04-01-2013, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Englewood, CO
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I am considering a move from North Carolina (the Triangle area of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) to the greater Denver area. If I move, it will be with job-in-hand, so that's not an issue. The position is located in Lakewood. I'm planning on renting at first, so that I can take some time to explore the area and find out where I like. But, based on research already done, I'm thinking I'm going to end up living somewhere in Jefferson County (is it actually called Jeffco by the locals? I picked that up from the school website).

One thing I am very interested in is a high school with a strong music program. My daughter will be a rising sophomore at the time of the move, and is a string musician (double bass), focusing primarily on classical music. In addition to playing, she's also very into music theory and composition. We are looking for a high school where she will be able to continue and further those interests. In searching the Denver forum, I've found lots of good information on schools in general, but not much about music programs. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thanks much!
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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Call the high schools in question, ask questions from both the head of the music department, and the principal.
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Old 04-01-2013, 12:55 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I am considering a move from North Carolina (the Triangle area of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) to the greater Denver area. If I move, it will be with job-in-hand, so that's not an issue. The position is located in Lakewood. I'm planning on renting at first, so that I can take some time to explore the area and find out where I like. But, based on research already done, I'm thinking I'm going to end up living somewhere in Jefferson County (is it actually called Jeffco by the locals? I picked that up from the school website).

One thing I am very interested in is a high school with a strong music program. My daughter will be a rising sophomore at the time of the move, and is a string musician (double bass), focusing primarily on classical music. In addition to playing, she's also very into music theory and composition. We are looking for a high school where she will be able to continue and further those interests. In searching the Denver forum, I've found lots of good information on schools in general, but not much about music programs. Can anyone steer me in the right direction? Thanks much!
Fairview High School in Boulder has a music program of some reknown.
Fairview High School
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Old 04-01-2013, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Call the high schools in question, ask questions from both the head of the music department, and the principal.
Actually, start with the head of the district's music program. She should be able to steer you to a high school that has a program that will fit your daughter's needs. What you need is an orchestra program more than you need a band program.

The Denver School of the Arts is another possibility. It might be too late to get an audition for next year, but I hear they are always looking for strings musicians.

Cherry Creek HS, which is a long ways from Lakewood has an excellent orchestra. Listening to them is like listening to professionals.
Here is a video.
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:22 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Congratulations to Legacy High School

The Legacy High School Band of Broomfield was in the 2015 Tournament of Roses Parade this morning.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Englewood, CO
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I saw that too! Had to call my kiddo (spending new year's with her dad). She was pretty excited for them, and said they have a stellar marching program. The instrumental world is pretty small, so music kids tend to support each other a lot; she was thrilled for the Legacy kids.

My kiddo ended up at Lakewood High, which has been a great fit; they played at CMEA last year, she's playing in the chamber orchestra (the highest of three orchestras) and wind ensemble, and she as well as four of her orchestra/band mates made all-state this year. If anyone finds this thread and is relocating with a musician to the Denver area, please feel free to DM me!
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Not a school, but check out DYAO. Their top tier has a solid reputation.
She could participate regardless of what school she attends.

Oops.
Just saw this is an old thread.
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:15 AM
 
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I saw that too! Had to call my kiddo (spending new year's with her dad). She was pretty excited for them, and said they have a stellar marching program. The instrumental world is pretty small, so music kids tend to support each other a lot; she was thrilled for the Legacy kids.

My kiddo ended up at Lakewood High, which has been a great fit; they played at CMEA last year, she's playing in the chamber orchestra (the highest of three orchestras) and wind ensemble, and she as well as four of her orchestra/band mates made all-state this year. If anyone finds this thread and is relocating with a musician to the Denver area, please feel free to DM me!
Congrats on finding a suitable place for your kid!
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I saw that too! Had to call my kiddo (spending new year's with her dad). She was pretty excited for them, and said they have a stellar marching program. The instrumental world is pretty small, so music kids tend to support each other a lot; she was thrilled for the Legacy kids.

My kiddo ended up at Lakewood High, which has been a great fit; they played at CMEA last year, she's playing in the chamber orchestra (the highest of three orchestras) and wind ensemble, and she as well as four of her orchestra/band mates made all-state this year. If anyone finds this thread and is relocating with a musician to the Denver area, please feel free to DM me!
The one thing I don't like about DPS (Denver Public Schools) is that they have no real marching band program. From what I can tell, they have one tiny marching band for all the high schools and it's about 25 students who only march in an occasional parade. No half time shows for football games. Denver School of the Arts has a great band program, but it sounds like it's focused on symphonic ban, orchestra, jazz bands.
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