The Jackson Hole Community Band, a musical fixture in Jackson Hole concerts, parades, and other public events since 1989, is regretfully saying farewell to its music director and conductor, Art Fuerte. The band credits Fuerte for bringing them to a new level of performance through the challenging and varied repertoire he chose, and the leadership he brought to rehearsals and performances during the last several years.
With Mr. Fuerte’s departure, the band is seeking someone to replace him, beginning late summer, 2012. JHCB is looking for someone with experience in conducting concert bands – especially community based organizations with a wide range of skills. The music director, in addition to conducting the group at rehearsals and concerts, chooses concert repertoire, works with the JHCB board to acquire necessary equipment and musical scores, and serves as the inspirational leader of the band.
Finally, the band is looking for someone to inspire, excite, and satisfy band members and the public alike, keeping the JHCB tradition of working and performing for enjoyment and musical satisfaction alive and strong.
As one member put it, “It has to be fun!”
The Jackson Hole Community Band is a group of committed musicians from teenagers to retirees. Members vary in skill level and background from middle school students to professional musicians. Most are from the Jackson area, but a few come from Idaho and other parts of Wyoming. The band rehearses weekly on Thursday nights, and performs three full concerts a season, as well as for several community events during the year – including the Old West Days Parade, July 4th events (notably as the opening musical ensemble in Music in the Hole concerts), and at Old Bills, to name a few.
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!
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!
In the mid 1980s we had a brass quintet that played for fun and for various community events. Most of us played in theater productions when they occurred, but they were usually short-lived — no more than a couple of months per show, and those Broadway shows were usually presented no more frequently than every 2 years. Some in the quintet envisioned a community band that would be a long-term ensemble, playing at community events throughout most of the year and providing a base for fun and musical growth for its members.
As part of the Wyoming Centennial celebration, the co-founders of the band were able to procure start-up funding that allowed the band to purchase music, acquire rehearsal space, and participate in Centennial activities. Since that time the band has grown in numbers and skill, and the Jackson Hole Community Band and spin-off groups continue to perform at nearly two dozen community activities and concerts per year.