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 October 23, 2017 at the
Elks Lodge in St. Johnsbury, VT. There was a large turnout of Band members and spouses,
family, and friends.
The business meeting was held after the dinner. The minutes from last years meeting were distributed, presented
and accepted by the Band. Treasurer Kirsten Harter presented the Treasurer's report bringing the members
up-to-date on the Band's financial status. She discussed the Bands income and expenses. There have been some
donations for an ongoing music fund and a permanent Band display at the st. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center in
St. Johnsbury. She discussed the status of the Bands investments in depth. All items are in the black. The
Treasurer's report was accepted.
The Bands manager, Dave Hare, gave the Manager's report. The Band has a $5000 music fund that will have a $500/year
distribution for at least ten years depending on how it fares in the market. This will help the Band purchase new
music for the next ten seasons. We are also working on a permanent display at the st. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center.
All donations from the upcoming Veteran's Day concert will go to that fund.
There was no old business so the Band turned to new business. Bobby-Ann Fearon of the Nominations committee read the
proposed slate of officers for the coming year. Cheryl Gove has volunteered to replaced Debi Smith as the Assistant
Manager and Ken McCullock will become the new trustee, replacing Rusty Speicher. All other positions remain the
same. The slate of officers was voted in and the Band thanked Debi and Rusty for their service.
Attention then turned to awards. Jim McGregor gave us some history of how the Bands highest award, the Lifetime
Membership award, came about. He read the current names of past Lifetime Member recipients. The board honored
one of our current members with this award: clarinetist Billie Winter. An accomplished player who frequently performs
solo pieces, Billie has also served on the board in the past. She is now bringing her children to play in the Band.
Congratulations to Billie!
Next, Jim McGregor requested that we add the United Community Church as an Honorary member to the Band. The church
is very helpful to the Band letting us perform our Veteran's Day and Holiday concerts in their sanctuary. They have
also let the Band hold its annual dinner meeting in their hall in the past.
John Goodrich was the recipient of the Reg and EE Bagley award this year. John has been in the Band for many years
helping the Band in almost all aspects of its operation imagineable. This past year, his efforts were responsible for
bringing in the money for the music fund and for the permanent display at the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center.
Jim McGregor proposed that a New Music committee be established to review and decide what music to purchase each year
with Band funds. Band members can suggest pieces to purchase. This committee was setup and will be an ongoing operation.
Two more items were handled prior to adjournment. First, the Band voted to take the dividends and capital gains
from our investments this year and put those funds towards the permanent display at the St. Johnsbury History & Heritage Center.
The desire is to get this display completed while prime space it still available at the center. Second, an effort to get
our music library appraised so it can be insured will be made. Our library contains many pieces from various eras that are no
longer available. Following this appraisal, the Band will look into digitizing or some other means of preserving these
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.