The St. Johnsbury Band was featured in an article in The Caledonian-Record
in August 2017 as part of the newpaper's series on summer destinations in the
Northeast Kingdom. Click here
to read the article.
Article reprinted with permission of The Caledonian-Record.
The St. Johnsbury Band performed a concert on Veterans Day, November 11, 2015
to honor all past and current members of the various branches of the armed forces
of the United States. For the Band, the 3rd oldest community band in the country,
this concert has became an annual and favorite event.The music performed by the
Band this year spanned from the Civil War with "The Blue and Gray" to the Vietnam
era with an arrangement of numbers from the musical "Miss Saigon".
The Band was joined in the concert by the Pumpkin Hill Singers and Pipe & Slippers.
The Pumpkin Hill Singers, under the direction of Susanne Terry, performed several
numbers, including some she co-write with her husband, Stephen Parker.
Pipe and Slippers is a folk band that plays both traditional and contemporary music,
as well as band originals. The band members, who hail from Northern VT and NH, each
play multiple instruments and often switch it up on stage, but the band's core formation
consists of Nathan Colpitts on guitar and vocals, vocalist Andrea Otto, Alycia
Moore on fiddle and vocal harmonies, and Owen Davie on bass.
The concert was also a benefit concert for the newly opened St. Johnsbury History
and Heritage Museum. The benefit was very successful with over $800 being raised
for the new museum.
Here is a photo of all three groups from that evening. Click on the photo for a
St. Johnsbury was one of many cities and towns across America that marked the tenth anniversary
of 9/11 on Sunday, September 11, 2011. An elaborate ceremony was held that included residents,
firefighters, state and local police, military officials, the St. Johnsbury Band, municipal
officials, and members of area faith communities.
The St. Johnsbury Band played from the bays of the fire station as the fire trucks held an enormous
American flag high above the crowd on Main Street. The Band opened the ceremony with "The National
Emblem" march by E. E. Bagley. The Band then played "The Star Spangled Banner". Brief speeches by
Town Manager Ralph Nelson, who was in Manhattan during the attack, and Fire Chief Troy Ruggles
followed. The fire department held an alarm-bell ceremony to remember those lost.
Taps and the echo were performed by Band trumpet players David Askren and Bobby-Ann Fearon. The
ceremony concluded with a presentation from the local faith community, which lit remembrance candles
to honor those who suffered and died in the attack, sang a song for peace, and conducted a
call-and-response with the participation of the crowd.
The St. Johnsbury Band received a heartfelt thank you letter from the fire department for their
participation. Click here
to read the letter.
The following story on the St. Johnsbury Band aired on "Morning Edition" and "All Things
Considered" on Vermont Public Radio on Monday, March 26, 2008 as part of their recognition
of Memorial Day. Reporter Charlotte Albright has put together a very nice piece on the band
and some of its history with interviews from several long-time members.
The St. Johnsbury Band held its annual dinner and business meeting on November 26, 2018. This year was a
potluck dinner held at South Church Hall on the St. Johnsbury Academy campus. Band members and spouses,
family and friends all turned out. There was ample, delicious food supplied by the attendees.
The business meeting followed the dinner. The first order of business was a review of the minutes from last
years meeting. Copies were distributed to each table for review. The minutes were accepted without change.
The Manager's report came next, presented by Dave Hare, the Band Manager. Highlights were $450 from the Sunset Home
Music Fund was used to purchase new music and $2000 was given to the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center for the
permanent Band exhibit. At this time, it isn't known if more funds will be needed to complete the exhibit. The exhibit
is expected to be open by next summer.
Cheryl Gove, Treasurer, presented the Bands finances. With a couple of extra gigs this past season, the Band had a good
year. Total income was $5,403 and total expenses were $4,889 so the Band finished the season in the black.
Electing the new slate of officers followed the Treasurer's report. Dianne Wyllie was heartily thanked for serving
as Secretary since 2007. Bobby-Ann Fearon presented the nominations. New officers were elected to the positions of
Assistant Director, Assistant Manager, and the 3-year Trustee. Cheryl Gove agreed to take on the Secretary duties while
continuing as Treasurer. The entire slate of officers is listed on the Contact Us page.
The next portion of the meeting dealt with the various awards the Band presents.
Jim McGregor read through the current list of Lifetime Members. There were two Lifetime Memberships this year.
Announcement of the recipients and presentation of the award was delayed until the first rehearsal in Janury 2019
since neither recipient was at the annual meeting. Jane Labun was the first recipient. A long time member of the
Band, she was recognized for her support at most of the Bands concerts and parades. Her support makes it possible
for the Band to take part in these events. Scott Labun was the second recipient. Like his wife, Jane, Scott is a
constant presence at concerts, parades, and rehearsals. Scott has also provided the Band with sound advice in
managing the Bands investments.
Gary Aubin presented a scholarship to Kaci Cochran. Kaci has been an very talented and invaluable member of the
percussion section for several years. She graduates from the St. Johnsbury Academy next June and will head off
to college. She will be sorely missed and the Band wishes her well.
Dave Have presented the final award for the evening — the Youth Award. This award is meant to recognize and
encourage young players to join the Band. The award was presented to trombonist Kate Mori. Kate joined the Band
in late summer 2017 and returned this past summer. She also played in several other local groups this past summer. She
is an excellent musician. She is a sophomore at Ithaca College and was unable to attend the dinner.
Some time was then spent discussing future possibilities for the Band. Topics included:
Concert ads in the newspaper are expensive and the Band will cut back on these, relying more on press releases.
Donations from the last summer concert for the past several years have been donated to the Melissa Jenkins
Scholarship Fund. The Band feels it may be time to explore supporting other causes.
The State of Vermont provides the Band with rent-free rehearsal and storage space. The United Community Church
provides free performance space for our fall concerts. There was discussion about recognizing this support and
possibly holding a fund raising concert for the benefit of these entities. Nola Forbes suggested that the Band
should recognize the support from the State of Vermont during each of our summer concerts.
Jim McGregor will continue to lead the New Music committee. Jim encouraged Band members to suggest pieces to purchase or
pull from the library to play. Several Band members have made suggestions to the committee for next season.
Dave Hare urged Band members to make the effort to come to early season rehearsals in January and February. This is when the
Band reviews new music purchases as well as pieces from the music library. The board has discussed some schedule changes for
January and February to help cope with winter weather. Starting rehearsals earlier at 6:30pm and only going for 1 1/2 hours
are being considered. The schedule would switch back to normal in March as the weather improves. This would also
help student members with their school schedules. The board will discuss this some more and bring a proposal to the Band by
by the end of the year.
Dave Askren suggested the Band consider having the Veteran's Day Concert and Holiday Concert at South Church next season.
Advantages include: better acoustics, the smaller hall brings the audience closer to the Band, easier and better setup for
the Band, and better parking. Dave gave a quick tour of the hall to interested members after the meeting adjourned.
Dave Hare concluded the meeting by thanking Tom Frackleton for all his help at rehearsals and concerts and thanking the
Band members for all the assistance they give, which makes his job as Manager easier. The meeting then adjourned.
The St. Johnsbury Band has a very extensive music library with pieces dating back to the 1800's
up to the current year. Several new pieces are added to the library every year. Click
music library catalog
to review the music library catalog. This listing is alphabetical by title.