The Bayfield band debuted its much-anticipated With Every Winters Breath at its spring concert earlier this month at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College. At the time, little did its members know the notes would be heard all the way to the governors mansion in Denver.
But Gov. John Hickenlooper did hear of the piece, which musical director Derek Smith had commissioned Arkansas composer Randall Standridge to write in memory of Bayfield High School student Maddie Milner, who died in a skiing accident in January 2010 at Durango Mountain Resort. The story appeared in the April 19 Arts & Entertainment section of the Herald. Hickenlooper was so moved by the story he wrote a letter to Smith and his young musicians.