Best of the West Music Festival

Best of the West Music Festival began as a one-day event in 2000 when 40 high school seniors joined the Colorado Mesa University Wind Symphony for a spectacular concert. Since that time, thanks to the generous support of Stephen Boelter and Karen Combs, the event has developed into a two-day affair culminating in an exciting performance with a world premiere and featuring three bands consisting of over 280 talented high school musicians.

2018 Guest Artists

Shanti Simon

Shanti Simon, guest conductor

Jack Yonce

Jack Yonce, guest conductor

Ryan Crabtree

Ryan Crabtree, guest conductor

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor, composer-in-residence

Project Trio

Project Trio, guest artists

About the event

December 7 & 8, 2018
Moss Performing Arts Center


  • Three bands
  • Sectionals
  • Master classes
  • Work with renowned artists
  • Guest Composer
  • Newly Commissioned Work
  • Guest Soloist
  • Colorado Mesa Faculty Recital
  • Banquet

Contact Information
Dr. Calvin Hofer

Best of the West offered as graduate/continuing education credit

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