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Elementary musicians end year on a high note

​A standing room only crowd gave a standing ovation to more than 250 musicians, after an impressive concert that included Concerto in A minor, Farandole, St Louis Blues and the Armed Forces Medley. But the most impressive thing about the concert was that all of the musicians are elementary school students!

They are all part of the Cherry Creek Elementary Instrumental Music (CCEIM) program, which held year end concerts on May 8 at Liberty Middle School and May 16 at West Middle School. More than 420 students participated in the program this year, including twins Kacey and Madison McCutchen, both fifth-graders at Polton Elementary.

“I love all of the teachers and taking risks and learning new things,” said Kacey, who plays clarinet.

“I love the program and learning about music and meeting different people,” said Madison, who plays viola.

“They were the ones who wanted to sign up,” said their mother, Kristen McCutchen. “They’re really enjoying it and gaining so much music appreciation.”

CCEIM was founded in 1995 when school-based elementary instrumental music classes were eliminated. The program has grown over the years and now offers two levels of band, three levels of orchestra, jazz band and percussion classes at locations across the district, all taught by outstanding music educators.

“I am really proud that the great majority of our staff has been with us for over ten years and is dedicated to music education and keeping band and orchestra music alive in our elementary schools,” said Robin Braun, CCEIM coordinator. “Our staff provides band and orchestra classes before and after school. We also have magnet programs that meet in the evenings in an effort to provide accessible classes for every Cherry Creek student who is interested in playing a band or orchestra instrument.”

This year CCEIM will offer a new summer program. It will be held from 3:35-5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 9 to July 31 at Red Hawk Ridge Elementary, located at 16251 E. Geddes Avenue, Centennial, CO 80016. The cost is just $75. For more information or to register, visit

CCEIM also accepts donated instruments, so if you have a clarinet in the closet or a baritone in the basement you’d like to donate, contact Robin Braun at 720-554-4949. Your donation is tax deductible.

Posted May 21, 2014.

Posted 5/21/2014 3:02 PM
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