A message from the Hot Springs Concert Band...
On Monday, July 24, the Hot Springs Concert Band completed its 2023 Summer Concert Series with its “Animal Band” Concert at the Fountain Lake School Auditorium. The band played 11 selections, including a few pieces with more than one movement – with all of them centered around an animal subject or theme. Animals such as elephants, frogs, chickens, eagles, horses, panthers and others were given their few minutes on the program while HSCB Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Dr. Craig Hamilton cited interesting and humorous facts about some of these animals in between his directing duties.
The concert attendance was excellent, and everyone had an enjoyable time. Dr. Hamilton and the band have been very pleased with the attendance numbers and generous donations throughout this summer series. According to Kathy Hendricks, Band President, going into this series in an indoor venue rather than our traditional outdoor setting at Whittington Park was uncharted territory for the band, but it turned out quite well. She pointed out at the concert that the hot weather on the concert dates, as it turned out, would have required three of the four concerts to be relocated inside anyway, so all in all, it was a good decision. The plan for next year’s summer series is yet to be determined, but once it is, it will be publicized early next year. The band expresses its gratitude to Fountain Lake Schools for making its facility available for rehearsals and concerts this summer.
For now, the band will take a six-week break to rest a little and then get ready for rehearsals for the October 15 fall concert at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. Those rehearsals begin September 7. The fall concert will feature Doreen Ketchens, a nationally renowned jazz clarinetist. In addition, the band will be honoring one of its own, Mr. Kenneth Williams, who gave his life to save the life of another. A music composition written especially in his honor will be performed, so you won’t want to miss this very special concert. Tickets will go on sale likely by mid-September, so be on the lookout!
Thanks for taking a look at our band website. You can learn more about the band and view our concert pictures in the "Galleries" section. For those who didn’t attend all the concerts, this will be a good way to see highlights of the concerts you missed.