The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band

Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios

Name: Katie Warren

Instrument: Trumpet (usually). Alternatively, Baritone Sax or Baritone

Uniform Selection: Green (hopefully either Niwot or CSU)

Katie Warren is one of the “younger” members of the Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band, and one of the original members of the band.  She was drafted in 2005 in the first round out of high school, and was assigned the unenviable task of recruiting high school and college musicians to join her father and other old-timers who relocated their instruments in time for the dedication of the bandstand in 2005.  You might say Katie was “instrumental” in the formation of the band, because without those high school students, the band would not have been.  

Katie was born and raised in Niwot, and began playing trumpet in sixth grade.  “I always loved music and really wanted to learn how to play something besides piano,” she said.   “Music is a passion.”  It has been so much of a passion that she learned to play euphonium, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, string bass, viola, percussion and piano, in addition to trumpet.  For the community band, she has alternated among trumpet, euphonium, alto sax and clarinet, depending upon the needs of the band.

Katie played in band under Myron Whisman at Sunset Middle School, then played for Doug Carmichael (band) and Keith Ellison (orchestra) at Niwot High School. She had the opportunity to play in several musical productions in high school, including Damn Yankees and South Pacific.  Katie has also played in the Boulder Youth Symphony and the Longmont Concert Band. 

One of her favorite experiences was “playing in the concert ensembles in high school and switching between baritone sax and euphonium or trumpet in one concert,” she explained.  “It was so much fun learning to play different instruments and getting the opportunity to experience playing them in that type of setting.”  

After high school, Katie attended Colorado State University, participating in the CSU Marching Band and Pep Band, ( as well as many other musical ensembles. “One of my favorite experiences in band was probably the exhilaration of marching onto Folsom field/Invesco Field in college (The Rocky Mountain Showdown),” she said.  “The thrill of entering the field at pre-game and halftime to the crowd cheering for us was a great feeling.”  Katie played with several other NCSMFGB members at CSU, including Melanie Herrman, Yael Yund and Andy Repasky.   

True to her passion, Katie majored in Music Therapy at CSU and graduated in 2010.  Katie now lives in Fort Collins and teaches one and two-year olds at The Children’s Workshop Early Learning Center in Loveland.    

Her favorite song is Pearl Fisher’s Duet by Bizet.  “It’s a beautiful and powerful song written for male voices but also transcribed for euphoniums in a way to express the range and beauty of the instrument,” she said.


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