This News Archive page contains St. Johnsbury Band news stories from 2012.
182nd Season Opening Concert
Former Governor Jim Douglas was the Special Guest Conductor for the opening concert for the
182nd summer season for the St. Johnsbury Band on Monday evening, June 18, 2012.
Gov. Douglas is a musician having played trumpet for the Middlebury Town Band. He has also
had previous stints as a guest conductor for the 40th Army Band and the Green Mountain Brass
Representatives Gary Reis (R) and Robert South (D) were the "celebrity scoopers" at the free
ice cream social during the concert.
"This opens our summer concert series at the bandstand and we are honored that Gov. Douglas
will be conducting and St. Johnsbury's representatives will volunteer as our ice cream scoopers"
said Dave Hare, Band Manager. "He had us work on a Louis Armstrong piece and he is very easy to
work with. He joked that as the Band Conductor, he has veto power".
The St. Johnsbury has been entertaining the community since 1830 and has also played engagements
in New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
On August 31, 2012, the St. Johnsbury Band took part in an event in Barre, VT commemorating the
100th anniversary of Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Vermont. In 1912, thousands of people
turned out for his visit and to hear him speak. Dubbed "One Huge Mass of People", the Vermont
Historical Society planned this event to reenact Roosevelt's 1912 campaign visit to Barre.
Although the crowds weren't quite as large in 2012, they were very enthusiastic. Actor John
Alexander portrayed Roosevelt at the event and gave Roosevelt's 1912 speech to the crowd.
The St. Johnsbury Band then provided music from that era. This included a stirring march
titled "Uncle Teddy" written by Julius Fučík. The music was accompanied by
free ice cream.
Here is a picture from the original event and pictures from the 2012 reenactment.
The St. Johnsbury Band held its annual dinner and business meeting on October 26, 2012, at the
South Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury, VT. The evening started off with a social hour
prior to the dinner. The potluck dinner provided plenty of good, home-cooked food for everyone.
The Band provided the main dish.
The business meeting was held after the dinner. Dianne Wyllie presented a summary of the minutes
from last years meeting, which were accepted without change. Peter Fichte presented the Treasurer's
report which was also accepted. An update on the Band's investments was presented by Scott Labun.
One Lifetime membership award was made. Lifetime membership is given only to band members who have
given time and made significant efforts to advance the goals of the St. Johnsbury Band.
The Lifetime membership award was given to Deanna Wheeler. Wheeler plays the flute and the
piccolo for the Band. She joined the Band over 40 years ago. Deanna also plays with the
Lyndonville Military Band and has conducted that band for many summers. She also plays with
the Northeast Kingdom Community Orchestra.
One name was added to the Remembrance plaque. Charlie Priest was a long time member of the Band.
He was also the choir director at the Methodist Church in Woodsville, NH and sang with the North
Country Chorus. He really enjoyed music and could "spruce the music up and not just play the notes".
Complete lists of the St. Johnsbury Band member awards is available on the Members page.
There was a presentation of the historical materials that are currently kept in the Band's safe
deposit box. There was also discussion about the starting date for the 2013 summer concert season.
Historically, the Band has always started on the first Monday following the St. Johnsbury Academy
graduation. Opting to continue with this tradition, the first summer concert for the 2013 season
will be on June 10th.
The business meeting ended with the election of the slate of officers and board members. The
current group of officers were all returned to their current positions except for the assistant
director position. Kirsten Harter, who also conducts the Lyndonville Military Band, has taken over
the assistant director position. Debi Smith was elected to the board as a trustee, replacing
Richard Reed whose term was over this year.