The Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band will perform in Cisel Hall on the Montana State University Billings campus on Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m.
The group is directed by Mike Masterson, a 32-year music professor at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo.
Two MSU Billings professors, trombonist John Roberts and trumpet player Mark Fenderson, will perform with the band.
The Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band members come from many communities in Wyoming and Montana. The band often performs at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo., and had its beginnings in Cody 30 years ago when the center held its own Wild West Show and needed a band to provide the authentic sounds of the famous shows that Buffalo Bill developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A decade ago, the Buffalo Bill Cowboy Band was selected to perform in Denver at an academic conference of the International Society for American Music (SAM) where they provided a lecture and performance hosted by the then-curator of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Paul Fees. That concert was well-received by the academic community as well as the concert community. Video excerpts of that conference concert can be found on YouTube.
The current band, which includes many of the performers from the Denver conference, will recreate a similar concert in Billings. The concert will again be hosted by Dr. Fees, who will provide insights into the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. The concert presents the Wild West Show’s authentic music as researched by Masterson, bringing the era to life with 26 regional band musicians, nearly half of them from Montana.