|Compton Heights Concert Band|
The Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis presents exciting, old-fashioned Sousa-style band concerts with world-class guest artists.
The main season is a summer outdoor concert series starting with Memorial Day and continuing with Sunday Serenades & Musical Mondays and the NEW NEW SOUSA SUNDAYS!
The band also performs its annual Holiday concert. The Band is pictured at right in Tower Grove Park. (Photo by L.T.Spence, Post-Dispatch) The Band featured guest artists including Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Hugh Smith, Nicole Cabell, Gina Galati, Gail & Bill Lennon, Mike Cathcart, Robert Ellison, and Beverly Stewart-Anderson. Many instrumental soloists have appeared such as trumpeters Arturo Sandoval and Doc Severensen; pianist, Peter Nero; marimba artist Debbye Turner; oboist, Alex Klein; clarinetist, Ricardo Morales; and many more. Featured ensembles have been The Legend Singers, The ReBirth Brass Band!, PROJECT Trio!, Canadian Brass; Sukay, Music of the Andes; Clarion Brass, Holiday Saxes, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Buckwheat Zydeco, and the Carl & Mason T. Capps. The Compton Heights Band has also featured unusual instruments including the theremin (Dr. Robert Froehner), glass armonica (Carolinn Skyler) and organ with Cameron Carpenter. There's always something exciting to hear each year.
The Band rehearses year-round in the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Lafayette & Longfellow. See Built St. Louis for photos of this beautiful facility.
Memorial Day Concert in Tower Grove Park!
The 2013 Sunday Serenades & Musical Mondays Series: Sunday Serenades & Musical Mondays
And The NEW SOUSA SUNDAYS!
The Band is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization. Now, you can donate on-line!
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The Compton Heights Band is on Facebook.
Kitty Swanger (wife of President and Founder, Harry Swanger) is in charge. Go to the Facebook Page and interact.
The Band is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.
The Band was founded in 1976 by Harry Swanger, President and Bassoonist. The Band is conducted by professional conductor Edward Dolbashian. The original conductor was Kaid Friedel who was a French Hornist in the St. Louis Symphony for many years.
The Band appeared on its own TV show "Sunrise Serenades" which aired for a year on KMOV-TV, CBS Affiliate with Harry Swanger and the band mascot, Moosic! The band concert experience has been expressed to the public through music, words, and even by a plein air painter, BillyO . To read a vivid description of a summer concert, see The Sounds of Summer, written by Robert E. Knittel.
The Riverfront Times named Compton Heights Concert Band - Best Entertainment Value on a Hot Summer Evening.
Jim Sparks, Photographer