- To provide an avenue for the extension of musical studies and lifetime enrichment for instrumentalists of all ages and expertise.
- To promote traditional concert band repertoire through rehearsals and performances.
- To supply musical accompaniment to special events for the benefit of both the musicians and the audience.
The Jackson Hole Community Band
We are a 30-piece ensemble founded in 1989. We rehearse nearly year-round to provide free entertainment – from old favorites by Duke Ellington, to toe tapping marches by Sousa, to classics by Mussorgsky – at many community events, public concerts, and parades.
We are an all volunteer band and do not hold auditions. Our members hail from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, law, real estate, and the clergy and range in age from early-teens to the eighties. Abilities range from Middle School students needing a more challenging repertoire, community members returning to their musical roots, music majors, and semi professionals. Many members have had a 15- to 20- year break before joining. It’s never too late to join!
We began with a core group of 20 people, and now boast a membership of approximately 50. A typical rehearsal draws 30-40 musicians, with an average 38 musicians playing for big events such as concerts and parades. The level of enthusiasm has multiplied since the Band’s inception, not to mention the increase in requests to perform and the overall quality of the performances. As a group, we strive to provide total enjoyment for the audience and members alike. The Wyoming Centennial Committee has designated the Band as a “Living Legacy,” and we have performed an average 25 community events per year. In September of each year since 1997, we have performed as an integral part of the “Old Bill’s Fun Run for Charities” sponsored by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.