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Free community event will feature music, car show, mini-camps at Alta High

May 08, 2023 09:24AM ● By Julie Slama

Alta High’s marching band students, who took first place in Bands of America western regional competition, will be amongst the performers, student teachers and organizers of their car show and mini-camp fundraiser May 13. (Photo courtesy of Julia Burnett)

This school year, Alta High’s marching band took first place, competing with more than 30 other bands, in the Bands of America western regional competition. Now the band students will be sharing their talent with the community.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 13, Alta High students in the jazz band, drumline and winter color guard, under the direction of the Utah High School Activities Association music educator of the year Caleb Shabestari, will perform at their first-ever community car show fundraiser event. There also will be percussion and color guard mini-camps for youngsters age 5 through 12.

“It’s going to be a free community event, with a little bit of something for everyone, of any age; we’ll have live music, dancing, cars, food—and fun,” said Karla-Ann Whitaker, Alta band booster outreach coordinator. “At the same time, it will serve as a fundraiser for the marching band and to fund updated instruments.”

While it’s free to attend the car show, those who are entering their vehicles need to pay a $20 registration fee. The car show will be held in the southwest parking lot at the school. There will be prizes; the categories include antique/classic cars built before 1965; muscle car era 1965- 1984; import/exotics; custom vehicles with three or more significant modifications; modern 1985 and newer; and motorcycles. Those who want to show their vehicles, can register at

“For those registering their vehicles, this will be an amazingly fun opportunity. They’ll be able to park their vehicle, all buffed, ready to shine, and share their passion and joy with the community alongside live music in the background to entertain all attending the event,” Whitaker said.

Another opportunity for youngsters will be the mini-camps, which will be taught by Alta High’s percussion and color guard students. A $5 donation is asked per child. Registration for the color guard session is at: for the drumline mini-camp:

“The mini-camps will be led by our Alta marching band students. They are working hard putting together simple, introductory routines, which will be a great experience for elementary and middle school students who want to try something new or maybe join the marching band in the future,” she said. “The camp participants will have fun learning and following a quick camp, will have a short performance for their parents and the community.”

The day’s schedule begins with the car show check-in at 9 a.m. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be stage performances by Alta’s instrumental music program and the children’s mini-camps. At 1 p.m., there will be an awards ceremony.

Whitaker said that the entire event is student-led. All band students have assignments such as the poster design and promotion, teaching the mini-camps, performing at the event, helping with concessions, directing traffic and parking, preparation and cleanup. The 20-member band booster leadership team has helped plan and organize the event.

Food trucks, which will donate a portion of their proceeds, as well as 100% of concessions’ profits will help toward the fundraiser. Donations also are being accepted at

The community is encouraged to walk to the event; parking on the east side of the school will be available. In case of inclement weather, all music-related activities will be moved indoors.

For more information, and about the annual Alta High band community yard sale in June, go to λ