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Year in Review, From the President’s Corner

Our 2010-2011 music year has been filled with excitement and change starting with the hiring of our current artistic director and conductor, Mr. Arturo Fuerte.  Art has brought to the band a new level of enthusiasm, musical direction and instruction which has had a tremendous impact on the band’s sound.  We are now playing music repertoire which is much more difficult, and appropriately programmed than ever before.  The band has enjoyed working with him and this is evidenced in the increase in our regular membership from a waning 20ish members in 2009-2010 to a regular group of 40!  It has been a lot of fun to work with the talented group of musicians from high school kids to retirees!

Mr. Art Fuerte: Halloween 2010!
Mr. Art Fuerte: Halloween 2010!

The year has also been punctuated by an amazing set of concerts begun last year with the inaugural Halloween Concert for the Kids.  With over 350 people in attendance, the children had a great time in their costume parade on stage while the bad performed Dance of the Macabre.  The holidays brought another wonderful show and a unique collaboration with the Cathedral Voices.

The spring brought new timing to our spring concert, this time in March followed by a recording of our very first CD, OPUS 1.  Be sure to get your copy from a band member for a small donation.

Finally, summer brought our annual concerts at Jackson Lake Lodge and Music in The Hole and in a grand finale, the band played a joint concert with the Wyoming Army National Guard band at the Center for the Arts with special guest soloist, Jay Evans from the Grand Teton Music Festival!  All these shows along with our regular gigs, parades, special Olympics, lighting of the town square, etc. has kept us very busy!

Read more in our summer news letter: NEWSLETTER 2011