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Utah Conservatory will host a free block party with all the fixings

The PC Rockers, L-R, Madison Shea, Wyatt Pike, Max Mobley and Mark Gustafson, will perform at the Utah Conservatory's block party concert and open house on Friday. The group is led by Korky Ollerton, the Conservatory's director of bands. (Photo courtesy of the Utah Conservatory)

Last winter, the Utah Conservatory moved into its new location at 4593 Silver Springs Dr. after spending 12 years at Kimball Junction.

The school, which actually started as a music store on Main Street in 1997 and has a mission to "enrich the lives of all through performing arts and training," will officially celebrate the move with a free block-party concert at the conservatory on Friday, May 31, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

The event will feature live music, opportunity drawings and a barbecue, said Utah Conservatory faculty director Aaron Mitchell.

"That week is our student appreciation week and we were going to present a concert for our rock bands," Mitchell said. "As we thought about it, we figured, why not also throw a community block party to christen this new facility."

Student appreciation week is when the conservatory shows its students gratitude for a year of hard work and practice, Mitchell said.

"We reward their practicing and give them prizes and discounts on items, whatever we can do to thank them for a year of learning," he said. "We figured we would end it with a party."

The block party will feature 30 to 35 conservatory music students, ages seven to 17, performing along with seven bands.

"We’ll have rock and pop bands play and rotate through the night," Mitchell said. "And we are introducing our jazz band this year. It’s an older band that has musicians ages 14 to 20, and they’re putting something together."

Band director Korky Ollerton suggested hosting the part at the Conservatory, Mitchell said.

"We’ve had a gig planned this day for months, but haven’t been able to find a venue that we really wanted to use for this big of an event," he said. "In the past, we’ve had the bands play at various bars around the town, but this year we wanted a new spot and do it with a fun outdoor event.

"We had looked at places where we could put on a concert to show off seven of our bands, but couldn’t find a suitable place, and that’s when Korky said we have this wonderful building and parking lot at our disposal," Mitchell said. "So, we decided to rock outside and have a free barbecue."

The barbecue will feature hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda.

Also, the students won’t be the only ones who will get prizes, Mitchell said.

"We’ll host a few opportunity drawings throughout the evening," he said. "We’ll sell a few drawing tickets to raise money for next fall’s scholarship fund.

"We want to build it up, because last year we were underfunded," he said. "However, in the past four months, we have built it up again, so we can offer at least five scholarships for next fall, and we’re really excited. But why stop there?"

On top of the music, food and prizes, the Utah Conservatory will use the night to host an open house.

"We want to invite the community out to see the school," Mitchell said. "We want to welcome the community because we’re new to this area, which is basically a residential area. There are some people who haven’t heard of us. So, we wanted to throw a party and be good neighbors."

The Utah Conservatory, 4593 Silver Springs Dr., just behind the Blue Roof, will host a free block party and open house on Friday, May 31, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event will feature 30 to 35 music students performing in seven rock, pop and jazz bands and a free barbecue. For more information, call (435)-649-6292.

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