Cresthill offers three classes of instrumental music - two bands and one orchestra. All ensembles perform multiple times per school year, and consist of combined 7th and 8th grade students. Students from both groups have auditioned and been invited to perform with the annual Douglas County MS Honor Band and Orchestra. Go Cougars!
Cresthill band consists of 50-60 musicians and are open to students of all ages and ability levels. Our bands combine for several concerts a year, including one music festival performance in the spring. In the spring of 2018, Mr. Zach Barker directed the first CMS Jazz Band consisting of students from both classes which met after school.
The orchestra consist of between 30-40 string musicians and is open to students of all ages and ability levels. Our orchestra performs several concerts a year, including one music festival performance in the spring.
Mr. Hutchins has been teaching music in Douglas County Schools since 2013. He has taught at Cresthill since 2018, and has been the director of Orchestras at ThunderRidge HS since 2013. He is incredibly grateful to be a part of two amazing communities - the Cougar and Grizzly families! He graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in Music Education where he studied conducting with Maestros Wes Kenney and Steven McNeal, and trombone with Greg Harper (Bass Trombonist - Colorado Symphony Orchestra). In 2019, he completed his Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from CSU. In addition to teaching music at both schools, Mr, Hutchins assists with the TRHS Grizzly Marching Band.