The Aaron Ashton Band will be in Star Valley on October 23 for an exclusive concert at Star Valley High School. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
Brian Ashton, high school orchestra teacher, said that the concert will be a fundraiser for the high school orchestra program. Admission for the concert will be $7 for singles and $25 for families.
“We’re hoping to raise about four or five thousand,” said Brian. The money from the concert would then be used to pay for several new Bluegrass instruments and would also help send the orchestra to the Cavalcade Festival in Colorado Springs. The Cavalcade Festival is the biggest orchestra festival in the western United States, so it is a great opportunity for orchestra students.
“It’s the best $7 you’ll spend this year,” said Brian.
Aaron Ashton is Brian’s brother and a nationally recognized musician. Aaron plays the violin and is the sort of musician who lives in classical, jazz, fiddle, and ethnic genres with equal ease. He has won numerous awards including: 2007 Studio Musician of the Year Pearl Award; Outstanding Violinist from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival; and College Division Winner of the Federation of Music Competition.
He has performed in the Country Music Awards (CMA) country bash, for Vice-Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney, at the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and many more areas.
Aaron currently leads the Aaron Ashton Band and performs with William Joseph and Carmen Rasmussen.
“The whole concert is centered around fiddling. There will be Irish, Celtic, Swing Jazz, and Bluegrass music genres performed,” said Brian.
Brian currently teaches 45 orchestra students at the high school as well as a separate Bluegrass group, who will actually be performing a couple of songs with band on Thursday.
“I just encourage the community to come out. It will be one of the best concerts you’ll see in Star Valley this year,” Brian said.