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

Music: Good for the Soul

Meet Julie Wilson –

2003
Julie
Wilson
Vice President, Librarian, Website Administrator
Flute, Piccolo
Office Manager
2005
Damon
Wilson
Parade Driver
Mechco Inc.

I played the flute from 5th grade until I graduated from High School, then played in the Bishop California Community Band a couple times right out of high school. I moved to Jackson for a summer in 1980 and stayed, life, work, family, children, and Jackson Hole activities filling my life and my flute collecting dust in the closet.

In 2004 I was sitting in the stands at my son’s little league game. One of the other moms, Nancy Ninnemann, who I also know from Boy Scouts, was talking about paying the flute. I told her I played the flute in High School, she immediately said “why aren’t you in the Community Band”. After a bit of arm twisting I agreed to come to a rehearsal.

I had not played with an organized group in almost 25 years and had not played more than a few notes in 20 years. I pulled my flute out of the closet and put it together. The Cork on the head joint was loose but it still worked and I could play a scale from memory. Remembering how to play it was like riding a bicycle, no problem. However remembering how to read music proved to be a bit more challenging, I pulled out my fingering chart and went to rehearsal a couple days later.

When I arrived at rehearsal there were about 30ish musicians there, other than Nancy I only knew one other person, Cecilia Bellinghiere, also from Boy Scouts. Nancy had a chair and stand ready for me, and when I sat down she handed me a folder of music. OMG! What did I get myself into? Lots and lots of lines and black dots, I was completely overwhelmed. I looked at Nancy and said “Middle line is a B, right?”.

One of the pieces we rehearsed that night was The Liberty Bell by John Phillip Sousa… lots of black dots were on the page. I must have had the ‘deer in the headlights’ look on my face, Nancy assured me I would recognize the tune. We began… the Monty Python Theme! And right where the Monty Python Theme stops and spits a raspberry the conductor, Don Cushman, stopped us. If I had only known these people like I do now I would have filled in the empty air with the classic raspberry.

I practiced often that spring, windows open, torturing my husband and neighbors. I remember after a week or so my husband comment that it’s starting to sound like music. YAY, it was coming back. I went to a few more rehearsals, performed in a parade, a concert, then summer break. During the break I sent my flute at a shop for a tune up.

Even though there was a near 25 year break all that knowledge was still there. The marches on little pieces of paper are harder to see than I remember, I have to blow up them to read the notes. Playing pieces I had memorized in high school was a little weird too. I would get to a part I still remembered then lose where I was on the music in front of me. Within a year I purchased a metal piccolo for parades, eventually becoming 2nd piccolo, and roping my husband into pulling the band on a trailer in the local parades. In 2012 we lost our primary piccolo player, Norma Foster, to cancer, I moved to her chair, I think about her often and always try to live up to her example.

It’s 2018, I have two jobs, a weekend ski pass, my husband and I spend most summer weekends in our RV, we fish, bicycle, and I have band. I’m the Librarian, Vice President, the JHCB Website Administrator, and a much better musician than I was in high school. As busy as my life is, I can not imagine my life without music, music is good for the soul. And the friends I have made in Community Band are like an extended family.

Did this make you reminisce about your years in High School or College Band? Do you miss a life with music in it? Why aren’t you in the Jackson Hole Community Band? Rehearsals are 7pm at the Center for the Arts, in the performing arts wing. Dust off your instrument and join us.

Halloween Concert 2017 Flute Section: Sammy Douville, Noah Osnos, Anna Senecal, Nancy Ninnemann , Holly Balogh, Julie Wilson

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

Lions Club Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lions Club Concert in Jackson, WY

Program:

4th of July  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 10:30am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Parade Route
4th of July in Jackson, WY

Program:

Jackson Lake Lodge  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, June 29th 2019
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, WY
(307) 543-3100

Old Bills Fun Run  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Old Bills Fun Run in Jackson, WY

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2019
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php TBA
Halloween Concert in Jackson, WY

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, November 29th 2019
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, December 21st 2019
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956
Tentative

Special Event  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, June 21st 2019
Time: 5:15pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Legacy Lodge
Special Event in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-0500

Program:

View details Alford
Colonel Bogey March
View details Fillmore
Americans We
Fillmore Book # 1
View details Sousa
Gallant Seventh, The
arr. Schissel
View details Berry
Louie Louie
arr. Lavender
View details Ward
America, the Beautiful
arr. Dragon
View details Sousa
Washington Post
View details Ticheli
Cajun Folk Songs
Movement 1 only
View details
Armed Forces Salute
arr. Lowden
View details Sousa
Stars and Stripes Forever
arr. Brion/Schissel
Total Concert: 00:29:18

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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

Lions Club Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lions Club Concert in Jackson, WY

Program:

4th of July  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 10:30am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Parade Route
4th of July in Jackson, WY

Program:

Jackson Lake Lodge  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, June 29th 2019
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, WY
(307) 543-3100

Old Bills Fun Run  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Old Bills Fun Run in Jackson, WY

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2019
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php TBA
Halloween Concert in Jackson, WY

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, November 29th 2019
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, December 21st 2019
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956
Tentative

Special Event  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, June 21st 2019
Time: 5:15pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Legacy Lodge
Special Event in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-0500

Program:

View details Alford
Colonel Bogey March
View details Fillmore
Americans We
Fillmore Book # 1
View details Sousa
Gallant Seventh, The
arr. Schissel
View details Berry
Louie Louie
arr. Lavender
View details Ward
America, the Beautiful
arr. Dragon
View details Sousa
Washington Post
View details Ticheli
Cajun Folk Songs
Movement 1 only
View details
Armed Forces Salute
arr. Lowden
View details Sousa
Stars and Stripes Forever
arr. Brion/Schissel
Total Concert: 00:29:18

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Music: Since the Beginning

Meet Don Cushman –

1989
Don
Cushman
Conductor, Section Leader
Trombone, Euphonium, Trumpet, Conductor
Retired Instructor

 
Stop. Listen. Is your radio or TV on? I’ll bet you hear music, even if it’s in the background. Music permeates our lives, sometimes creating suspense but usually providing fun.

In the mid ’80s we formed a brass quintet in Jackson and played for various community events. Some of us said, “It sure would be nice to have a band.” So, we started the Jackson Hole Community Band, now nearly 3 decades ago.

“Community Band” has at least 2 connotations. It’s a concert band that is comprised of members of the Jackson Hole Community (extending into Teton Valley, Star Valley, and Pinedale/Big Piney). It’s also a band for the community, playing for many occasions in the community: holiday parades, town square lightings, ground-breaking and dedicatory ceremonies for schools and hospital expansion, concerts in public schools, combined concerts with high school and adult vocal groups, and every Old Bill’s Fun Run’s annual “party” in Jackson. Spin-off groups from the band provide TubaChristmas and special music presentations in local churches, as well as concerts of their own. The results are usually measured in smiles and happiness. Yes, music is fun – to hear and to play. Since the beginning, having fun – and providing enjoyment for our many and varied audiences – have been hallmarks of our Jackson Hole Community Band – in all aspects.

Read more about Don here: jhcband.org/member/don-cushman/

Don Cushman, founding conductor; now euphonium player

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

Lions Club Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lions Club Concert in Jackson, WY

Program:

4th of July  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Thursday, July 4th 2019
Time: 10:30am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Parade Route
4th of July in Jackson, WY

Program:

Jackson Lake Lodge  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, June 29th 2019
Time: 12:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Lake Lodge
Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, WY
(307) 543-3100

Old Bills Fun Run  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 9:00am
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Old Bills Fun Run in Jackson, WY

Halloween Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, October 26th 2019
Time: 3:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php TBA
Halloween Concert in Jackson, WY

Lighting of the Town Square  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, November 29th 2019
Time: 5:00pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Jackson Town Square
Lighting of the Town Square in Jackson, WY

Holiday Concert  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Saturday, December 21st 2019
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Center for the Arts Center Theater
Holiday Concert in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-8956
Tentative

Special Event  

Conductor: Zachary Singer
 
Date: Friday, June 21st 2019
Time: 5:15pm
 
https://jhcband.org/inscoreorder/concert_list.php Legacy Lodge
Special Event in Jackson, WY
(307) 734-0500

Program:

View details Alford
Colonel Bogey March
View details Fillmore
Americans We
Fillmore Book # 1
View details Sousa
Gallant Seventh, The
arr. Schissel
View details Berry
Louie Louie
arr. Lavender
View details Ward
America, the Beautiful
arr. Dragon
View details Sousa
Washington Post
View details Ticheli
Cajun Folk Songs
Movement 1 only
View details
Armed Forces Salute
arr. Lowden
View details Sousa
Stars and Stripes Forever
arr. Brion/Schissel
Total Concert: 00:29:18

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