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 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.