A message from the Hot Springs Concert Band...
The Hot Springs Concert Band's 48th season got underway when it presented the annual Fall Concert on Sunday, October 16, at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. It was a beautiful fall afternoon in the Village when hundreds of music lovers chose to spend several hours indoors to listen to the band play some of its finest music of the year.
Beginning his 24th season with the band, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Craig Hamilton was in his usual fine form conducting the band through his excellent selection of music, for which the band rose to the occasion in its presentation. Dr. Hamilton also provided his usual humor and wit, which always adds to the fun and enjoyment of the concerts.
The Hot Springs Concert Band is more than a musical group. It is a family of local folks and musicians who love what they do and who care for one another in the labor of love shared with and for their communities through each and every audience they play for. Not only does the band celebrate music and life together, but it also shares in losses along the way.
The band experienced such a loss this past spring when one of our own gave his life to save another. Ken Williams, trombonist and an associate conductor for the band, did just that, and in doing so, he reminded us that among his many virtues was that of hero. Thank you Ken for giving 20 years of your life to the Hot Springs Concert Band. Your chair can never be filled again. To learn more of the details of Ken's sacrifice, see the photo gallery for the fall concert. The band asks that you keep Ken's family in your thoughts and prayers.
As Ken would have wanted it, life goes on and the band goes on. There is always another concert to prepare for and to play. For the Hot Springs Concert Band, that is the annual Christmas Concert, which will be held on Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. Dr. Hamilton has selected some new music for this concert, creatively arranged for your musical enjoyment and sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and remind us of the reason for the season. The concert will be sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village.
Tickets will be available for $15 each and can be purchased from members of the Hot Springs Concert Band, at the Woodlands Box Office or at hsvticketsales.com. Please remember that the Christmas concert normally sells out, so you are encouraged to get your tickets without delay.
The band looks forward to seeing you on December 8 as we together celebrate what we hope for you will be the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.