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Music: What could be better!!

Meet Sue Bybee –

This Blog is in memory of my good friend and fellow clarinetist, Chuck Webber, who passed on to play with the angels earlier this year. We miss you Chuck.

1989
Sue
Bybee
Section Leader
Bb, Eb, & Bass Clarinet, Alto, Soprano, & Tenor Sax
Water Fitness Instructor
1992
Chuck
Webber
Bb Clarinet
Retired Insurance Professional

When I moved to Jackson Hole in the late 60’s , there weren’t a lot of playing opportunities for amateur musicians. I played a little with some pick-up combos, but eventually put the instrument away for about 15 years. When I heard about the community band starting up, I was excited, but also nervous. I hadn’t played for so long! I practiced a few times to see if I could even still play, got my nerve up and went to that first rehearsal. After that – I was hooked!

I’ve had some very stressful jobs over the years and sometimes, after a long day of work, I really didn’t feel like going to rehearsal, but I made the effort and felt so much better for it. When you are playing music, you are totally in the moment and forget about everything else. Community Band rehearsal became a two hour time frame to escape from the stresses of the workplace and the two year old twins! Thank goodness I have a husband who could take on that responsibility one evening a week.

A good friend, former band member and fellow musician , A.J. deRosa said , “Community Band is like high school band, you meet people that you would never see anywhere else in your life.” This is so true! In band there are people of all ages and from all walks of life, with one thing in common – a love of music and playing music together.

We have great times together, meet wonderful people and escape from the stresses of everyday life. What could be better!!

If you’ve played an instrument in the past, come join us. There are no auditions, no big requirements – just the ability to read music and play a band instrument. If you don’t have an instrument, we may be able to find one for you. It’s fun, relaxing and you’ll meet people. Give it a try!

Nancy Ninnemann (flute), O’Ann Fredstrom (flute), Sue Bybee (clarinet), Julie Wilson (flute), Jason Wright (Saxophone) – After our Spring Concert 2016

Keep the music alive!

Please remember us at Old Bills 2018.

In 2018, you can give  beginning August 1st until 5 pm on September 14th. We hope you can join us Saturday, September 8th, for Old Bill’s at the Jackson Town Square!

What is Old Bills?

We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Thank you from all of the Jackson Hole Community Band Members.

2018 – 2019 Season

  • Old Bills Fun Run
  • Oktoberfest
  • Halloween Concert
  • Tuba Christmas
  • Holiday Concert
  • Wyoming Special Olympics – 50 Years!
  • Spring Concert
  • Old West Days Parade
  • Independence Day Parade & Lions Club Breakfast Concert
  • Jackson Lake Lodge Patriotic Concert

Upcoming Events

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 10/27/18
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/lions-elephants-swans/ Walk Festival Hall
Halloween Concert in Teton Village, WY

Program:

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 11/23/18
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Program:

TubaChristmas  

Conductor: Don Cushman
 
Date: 12/08/18
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php National Museum of Wildlife Art
TubaChristmas in Jackson, WY
(307) 733-5771

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 12/15/18
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956

Program:

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Music: A Family of Friends

Meet Holly Balogh –

2002
Holly
Balogh
Flute, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone
Consultant, Realtor, Athlete
2017
Bennett
Balogh
Flute
Student

 

Our children are so busy.  I know. I am the mother of 2 busy kids.  In our community, in Jackson, WY, they seem to have so many great opportunities; karate, swimming, running, biking, skiing, hockey, baseball, cross country, art, music, theater, dance, and the list goes on-and-on.  How can these kids find the time to do it all, and still be kids?  And how as parents to we help our kids make good choices and pick activities that are fun, engaging, and also help them with a life-long activity they will love?

For me, music has been a constant in my life from the time I was in 3rd grade, carrying that heavy cello up and down my street to orchestra practice.  This was back in the 70s, and 2 emergency hernia surgeries later, I picked up the lighter weight – could fit in my backpack – flute and never looked back.  And what a gift it has been to me!

From playing with the Jackson Hole Community Band, I have had the amazing opportunity to become friends with people from all walks of life, all different ages, all different values and beliefs and socio-economic backgrounds.  Through band, I have been lucky to have the most supportive people around me.  I remember when my son was born and was life-flighted to Salt Lake City in 2005 with a double pneumothorax.  My band friends were there to provide support and help during such a difficult time.

Julie Wilson, Bennett Balogh, Holly Balogh, Noah Osnos, Nancy Ninnemann at Jackson Lake Lodge 2018

Several years ago, we lost a dear band member and fellow flautist, Norma Foster Price to lung cancer.  Moments with the ‘band ladies’, 4 of us that weekly went to her house as she fought valiantly and eventually lost her fight to cancer, where we laughed and commiserated about music and the latest goofiness of rehearsal, was a bright light during dark days.

I suggest that we all try to bring the gift of music to the next generation. If you are thinking about what activity to choose next for your busy child, or they need a new outlet for their creative energy, get them playing an instrument.  And, when they are ready, encourage them to join the band and come to rehearsals at the Center for the Arts Thursday nights 7-9PM. We are fun, goofy, crazy, old, young, but most importantly supportive, and loving.  Let’s bring our kids together for the opportunity of life-long learning through music.  I, Holly Balogh, and my kids will see you and yours there! 

www.jhcband.org, www.hollybalogh.com @thetidewilltrn on twitter and Instagram.

Holly Balogh, Community Band Member since 2002, BS in Music from Bradley University, 1991.

Keep the music alive!

Please remember us at Old Bills 2018.

In 2018, you can give  beginning August 1st until 5 pm on September 14th. We hope you can join us Saturday, September 8th, for Old Bill’s at the Jackson Town Square!

What is Old Bills?

We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Thank you from all of the Jackson Hole Community Band Members.

2018 – 2019 Season

  • Old Bills Fun Run
  • Oktoberfest
  • Halloween Concert
  • Holiday Concert
  • Wyoming Special Olympics – 50 Years!
  • Spring Concert
  • Old West Days Parade
  • Independence Day Parade & Lions Club Breakfast Concert
  • Jackson Lake Lodge Patriotic Concert

Upcoming Events

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 10/27/18
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/lions-elephants-swans/ Walk Festival Hall
Halloween Concert in Teton Village, WY

Program:

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 11/23/18
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Program:

TubaChristmas  

Conductor: Don Cushman
 
Date: 12/08/18
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php National Museum of Wildlife Art
TubaChristmas in Jackson, WY
(307) 733-5771

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 12/15/18
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956

Program:

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Music: A Lifetime Journey

Meet Elizabeth Chambers

2012
Elizabeth
Chambers
Trombone
Student

 
I joined the Community Band in 2012, when I was in eighth grade. Most of what I remember about those first rehearsals, sitting between tubist Ron and euphonium Don and getting their names mixed up, was how I got lost reading most of the music and how my mother, a French horn player, thought rehearsals ended too late at night for a thirteen-year-old. Nevertheless, I persisted through the challenging music and intimidating (from my view) roomful of strangers.

Elizabeth (right) and her mother Bonnie (left) at Jackson Lake Lodge

Over time, I was able to keep up more often than I fell behind. JHCB pushed me to improve my skills on the trombone, and to always strive to hit that high note, and the next, until before you know it, you have the range of a semi-professional player! Practicing and performing alongside community musicians for the last five years has made me the musician I am today, from technical skills to music theory.

A roomful of strangers became a roomful of friends of all ages. Beyond volunteerism, being part of the band has shown me the enormous value of being part of a tight-knit community of people who love music as much as I do. More than a place to be on Thursday nights, I am truly grateful for the real community the band represents. I intend to play with my family and friends in the community band for years to come.

Keep the music alive!

Please remember us at Old Bills 2018.

In 2018, you can give  beginning August 1st until 5 pm on September 14th. We hope you can join us Saturday, September 8th, for Old Bill’s at the Jackson Town Square!

What is Old Bills?

We cannot thank you enough for your support!

Thank you from all of the Jackson Hole Community Band Members.

2018 – 2019 Season

  • Old Bills Fun Run
  • Oktoberfest
  • Halloween Concert
  • Holiday Concert
  • Wyoming Special Olympics – 50 Years!
  • Spring Concert
  • Old West Days Parade
  • Independence Day Parade & Lions Club Breakfast Concert
  • Jackson Lake Lodge Patriotic Concert

Upcoming Events

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 10/27/18
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/lions-elephants-swans/ Walk Festival Hall
Halloween Concert in Teton Village, WY

Program:

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 11/23/18
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Program:

TubaChristmas  

Conductor: Don Cushman
 
Date: 12/08/18
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php National Museum of Wildlife Art
TubaChristmas in Jackson, WY
(307) 733-5771

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: 12/15/18
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956

Program:

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