Are you ready for a spooktacular event? The Jackson Hole Community Band has a thrilling treat in store for you this weekend for Halloween. We’re inviting everyone, especially the kids, to join us for an unforgettable Halloween Concert. The best part? Admission is absolutely free!
The Halloween Concert is an annual event hosted by the Jackson Hole Community Band. Our band members have been working tirelessly to deliver a hair-raising performance that will not only entertain but also bring together our local community. Sticking to tradition, we’re taking the fun a notch higher, with a parade and trick-or-treating. So why not make the most out of this Halloween and join us?
The concert will be held at the prestigious Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village. Known for its excellent acoustics and cozy ambiance, Walk Festival Hall is the perfect location for this concert. The spectacular surroundings of Teton Village add an extra layer of excitement to the event.
Our band members have prepared a selection of chilling tunes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. But don’t worry, our concert isn’t all scares. We’ve also included some fun and festive Halloween songs that will have everyone tapping their feet.
One of the highlights of our concert is the costume parade. We encourage all our guests to come dressed in their Halloween best. Kids and adults alike are invited to strut their stuff on our ‘parade runway’. From ghosts to goblins, superheroes to princesses, we welcome all types of costumes. So make sure to pull out all the stops!
After the concert, kids will get the chance to go trick-or-treating. We’ll have a map of stations around Teton Village where they can collect their treats. It’s a safe and fun way for kids to enjoy Halloween and make new friends.
The concert will start at 3:00 PM on Saturday October 28th. We recommend coming early to find good seats. Remember, admission is free, but we do accept donations. All proceeds will go towards supporting the Jackson Hole Community Band and our future events.
This fun-filled Halloween Concert wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors. We’re proud to be sponsored in part by the Grand Teton Music Festival. Their generous support helps us bring this community event to life.
We look forward to seeing you at the Jackson Hole Community Band Halloween Concert. It’s going to be a ghoulishly good time!
I’m excited about our upcoming concert band season! It begins with the Old Bills Fun Run on September 9th at the Jackson Elementary School fields. We’ll be playing music that is energetic and uplifting, such as “The Captain America March”, “Magnificent Seven” and “The Rocky Theme”.
The Old Bills event is when our community comes together to celebrate non-profit organizations through an outdoor activity. It’s our biggest moment to remind our donors why it’s important to give to the community band. Concerts don’t just happen! So much work goes behind the scenes to make a concert enjoyable for all audiences. We have to order new music and library supplies. Our rehearsal spaces are rented through the Center for the Arts. Some members need to borrow instruments and we have to take care of the ones we own. If you donate to our organization, it makes a difference!
I’d like to summarize the rest of our events for the season. We’ll be playing our annual Halloween Concert at Walk Festival Hall on October 28th. This is my favorite event of the season because we get to play fun and spooky music for kids in their Halloween costumes. The kids also get Halloween candy and sing along to the Addams Family.
Our Spring Concert is our most ambitious concert, showcasing our most challenging repertoire of the season. This season’s theme has not been decided yet, however it will have a story-like approach, taking our audiences on a musical journey. The Spring Concert is on April 28th, 2024, at the Center for the Arts Theater.
The last part of our season is our patriotic concerts, which occur in May, June and July. We’ll be playing in two parades, Old West Days Parade (now Best of the West) and the Independence Day Parade. We also play a short show for Elkfest and the 4th of July Lion’s Club Breakfast in Town Square, an instrument petting zoo with the Grand Teton Music Festival, and wrap up our concert season with a full show at Jackson Lake Lodge on the last Saturday of June. The patriotic shows feature music that celebrates America and the brave men and women who fought, or continue to fight, for our country.
Overall, the concert band season seems to be packed with exciting events that you won’t want to miss. Make sure to mark your calendar, and we hope to see you there!
Back to Basics ~ performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
This year’s Spring Concert features a program that was planned two years ago, but was never performed. The subtitle of this concert is “Back to Basics”. Not only is the band playing a straight-forward wind ensemble concert with no obvious theme, but they’re also going back to performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
Highlights of our upcoming concert include a piece by Percy Grainger called “Lincolnshire Posy”. Grainger was an interesting fellow and his music reflects that. He wanted music to reflect nature and have a free-flowing sense of time, which is why you’ll often hear lots of meter changes in his music. The second movement of “Lincolnshire Posy” is a great example of this free flow in time because the melody is not strictly in common time or a basic meter throughout the movement.
Another highlight of this concert is a selection called “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty. Daugherty is a modern day composer who incorporates pop culture into his music, such as “Dead Elvis” or “Metropolis Symphony” (the story of Superman). “Alligator Alley” is the nickname for a stretch of highway between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida’s Everglades National Park. Daugherty composed this music to celebrate the management of the National Park Service in preventing poachers from hunting alligators. Listen for the snap of the alligator from the whip player when you see this performance!
One last piece of music I’d like to showcase is Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2”, which has been arranged for wind ensemble by Johan de Meij. You may have heard of this famous waltz in Kubrick’s movie “Eyes Wide Shut” or the holiday classic “Bad Santa”. It was composed as a part of Shostakovish’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra”. In the original orchestral version, it included alto saxophone, which is not an instrument that normally plays in orchestra. It’s great to hear Meij’s band arrangement because the sax part is now accompanied by wind instruments that match the tone quality of that instrument.
There are eight other pieces that will be performed for this year’s Spring Concert. Please come see our concert this May 1st at the Center for the Arts main stage at 4:30PM.