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Trumpet player subject of tribute

By Sonya Ellingboe

Trumpeter Pete Olstad, who toured and performed with the Maynard Ferguson Band will be featured in the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra’s 8 p.m. Jan. 10 concert at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons St, Lone Tree. The concert will be a tribute to the late trumpet player, Ferguson, and at the last CJRO concert, orchestra leader Art Bouton promised happily that this one would be “really loud!”
Olstad, who started playing trumpet at age 9, lived in Colorado as a youth, attending Evergreen High School, where teacher Bob Montgomery helped him launch toward a career. He attended The Berklee School of Music in Boston and finished his degree at UNC in Greeley, winning awards as he progressed. He has toured and performed with the likes of Buddy Rich; Woody Herman; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Mel Torme; Brian Setzer; Tom Jones and more.
He will follow Ferguson’s custom of ending the concert with “Hey Jude” and inviting others to bring a trumpet to the concert and join in. Tickets cost $20 plus a $3 service fee:, 720-509-1000.
Genealogists to meet
The Columbine Genealogical and Historical Society hosts a pair of programs: “Swedish Shorts” at 1 p.m. Jan. 14 and “Conducting Successful Interviews” at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 6400 S. University Blvd., Centennial. Visitors are welcome.
Poet Laureate sought
Nominations are being sought for the next Colorado Poet Laureate. The selected nominee will serve as an active advocate for poetry, literacy and literature by participating in readings and other events. Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book will accept nominations through Feb. 4, 2014. Submit interest to Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book, 7935 E. Prentice Ave., Suite 450, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111. Attention: Poet Laureate.
For nomination form and information, visit Gov. John Hickenlooper will make the appointment in October 2014 for a four-year term. Honorarium and travel budget are supplied in relation to presentations.
Call for artists
The Lone Tree Photo Show has a new name: “Exploring the Light 2014.” Colorado photographers are invited to submit up to three entries through, where information is online now. Categories include landscape, animals, abstract, and motion. Total cash awards up to $4,000. Deadline is Feb. 24. Show will be April 19 to June 8. Juror is Glenn Randall.
Auditions for “The Music Man,” directed by Christopher Willard, will be Jan. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for boys and girls and from 2 to 5 p.m. for ages 8 and older at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main St., Littleton. Prepare 16-24 bars of appropriate song and a one-minute comic monologue to present if asked. Bring headshot and resume. By appointment only: Contact Ashley Thompson at THAC, 303-794-2787, ext. 211 or 
Flower Faces on display
“Flower Faces” by Kristen Hatgi Sink will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 3 and continue through Feb. 28 at the Byers-Evans House Gallery, 1310 Bannock St., Denver. Admission is free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; closed on holidays on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17.

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