The Billings Community Band is celebrating 30 years together with a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Alberta Bair Theater.
The theme, “30 Years and Thriving,” underscores the overall philosophy of the group, which is “Encouraging music as a lifelong adventure.”
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students age 17 and under. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Alberta Bair Theater. Watch for a coupon in The Billings Gazette.
The program will include “Rolling Thunder” by Henry Fillmore; “A Cowboy Symphony” by Pierre La Plante; “Inchon” by Robert W. Smith; “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppe”; “Little English Suite” by Clare Grundman; “Rushmore” by Alfred Reed; “ Molly On The Shore” by Percy Aldridge Grainger; and “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli. Joining the band for “Molly On The Shore,” will be band students from Shepherd High School, conducted by Kari Drange.
The concert is honoring former conductors of the band: George Peters, 1988 to 1992, conducting “Stars and Stripes Forever;” Gary Tangen, 1993 to 1999, conducting “Rolling Thunder;” Ken Boggio, 2000 to 2005, conducting “Rushmore;” and Joe Acciani, 2006 to 2010, who will conduct “Little English Suite.” Rob Wells, the current conductor, began conducting in 2011.
Future performances will be for the Adult Education Program on Wednesday, May 2, and as the opener for the Billings Symphony in Pioneer Park on Sunday, June 29.
The band welcomes adult musicians to “dust off their instruments” and join in on the fun.