A volunteer organization playing concert band music for recreation and community service in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Member Bio

Sue BybeeMember Since: 1989

Section: Clarinet
Instruments Bb, Eb, & Bass Clarinet, Alto, Soprano, & Tenor Sax
Profession Water Fitness Instructor

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!