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St. Johnsbury Band in The Caledonian-Record

Veteran's Day Concert — 2015

St. Johnsbury Band Plays at 9/11 Ceremony

St. Johnsbury Band on Vermont Public Radio

Annual Meeting — 2018

St. Johnsbury Town Reports

St. Johnsbury Band on Lyndon State College News7

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St. Johnsbury Band in The Caledonian-Record

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.

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Veteran's Day Concert— 2015

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 full-sized image.


Concert Performers
Photo courtesy of Sig Anderson
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St. Johnsbury Band Plays at 9/11 Ceremony

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.

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St. Johnsbury Band on Vermont Public Radio

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.

Band on VPR



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Annual Meeting — 2018

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.

Some time was then spent discussing future possibilities for the Band. Topics included:

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.

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St. Johnsbury Band Music Library Catalog

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.

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