The Montrose Community Band has been blessed over the past eight years to be under the baton of Delta resident Toby King. His musical knowledge, patience and leadership ability help this band to grow in musicianship and ability with each and every concert. Without his guidance, the Montrose Community Band would not be the ensemble it is today.
At rehearsal June 13, the members of the Montrose Community Band honored Toby with a gift and a plaque that read "With our deepest appreciation, the Montrose Community Band honors Toby King. Thank you for your unconditional commitment and enduring dedicated service."
King devotes time before rehearsals to make sure everything goes smoothly. He reads all the music, studies and envisions it, so that when he shows up on the conductor's podium he is ready to go. Every band member has to know one part -- King has to know 20 different parts.
After the rehearsal King remarked, "In all the years that I've been in music I've never been honored for my talents. I'm overwhelmed and very thankful."
The Montrose Community Band performs four times a year at the Montrose Pavilion with a spring concert, patriotic summer concert, fall concert and the Christmas concert. All the concerts are free to the public.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.