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Concert showcases the versatility of the trumpet

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Richard Weldon and Friends will present the first ever concert to raise funds for the Arts Coalition of Delta County.

Weldon is a trumpeter and longtime resident of Delta County. He first came to Delta in 1967 to become the band director of Delta High School. He taught at Delta schools for over 22 years, with just a short interruption to go into private business as owner of the former KOA Kampground on Highway 92.

As band director, Weldon organized the Delta Marching Band Day, which lasted for over 25 years. He also formed the Delta County Honor Marching Band made up from the best musicians from each high school in the county. They not only marched in local parades, they also marched in the Cheyenne Frontier Days parade and were invited to the Blue Bonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas, where they marched in the halftime massed band performance. Weldon was instrumental in organizing solo-ensemble contests and other honor band performances throughout the county. He was co-chair of the Delta County Tourism Council and actively promoted Delta County in and out of state during his 15 years in the KOA business. He was president of the Colorado KOA owners and president of the Colorado Bandmasters Association for two years. He and his son, Chris, play taps and taps echo for veterans events.

The "Trumpet & Friends" concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Delta Center for Performing Arts, 822 Grand Avenue. The concert will feature Weldon and a former student, Lindsey Lewis from the Cedaredge area, plus several accompanists. The program will include a variety of music and styles showcasing the versatility of the trumpet.

As a fundraiser concert, ticket prices have been set low to attract a large audience. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and will be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Coalition of Delta County (AC/DC), a nonprofit organization that supports all the arts in Delta County.

"I want to 'toot my own horn' by promoting AC/DC, an organization that can bring our county together to help the economy, increase jobs and bring culture through arts and artists," Weldon said.

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