The performance schedule for the free Summer Music and Arts Festival at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands ranch, covers two days.
11 a.m.: Denver Wind Ensemble, a concert band of wind instrument players that performs at Metro State University and elsewhere in the area, including in Littleton
Noon: The Platte Valley Band
1 p.m: Thornton Community Band, an 80 piece symphonic band, organized in 2008, with musicians ranging from 18 to 80. Like the Highlands Ranch Concert Band, its members include those with diverse interests and occupations.
2 p.m: Over the Hill Band, music educators
3 p.m: The High Plains Stompers, jazz from the 1920s
4 p.m: Blue 88s, 17-piece big band, playing music of Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, etc., directed by trombonist Ron Ingle
5 p.m: Bob’s Big Band, organized in 2009 to play for audiences of all ages. Dorsey, Ellington, Brown and more. Has 20 instruments and a vocal group.
6 p.m: Swing Shift, the big-band jazz ensemble of the Highlands Ranch Community Band
11 a.m: Rootin’ Tootin’ Dixieland Band, a seven-piece group under the Littleton Community Music Association umbrella, plays traditional New Orleans-style jazz
Noon: Academy Jazz Ensemble, full-sized band comprised mostly of music educators from the Colorado Springs region
1 p.m: Mile High Big Band, jazz and vocalists, blues
2 p.m: Denver Concert Band, 90-member concert band that performs at the Lone Tree Arts Center
3 p.m: Golden Eagle Concert Band, traditional band music
4 p.m.: Rocky Mountain Brassworks, traditional brass band
5 p.m. Highlands Ranch Concert Band, hosts the festival and has about 50 musicians of all ages and callings, rehearsing and performing year-round in the area
● Note: Free parking available at Town Center and in the RTD lot across from the library.
In 2006, the active Highlands Ranch Concert Band decided to share its members’ joy in music with a wider community and launched a free Summer Music and Arts Festival, with a few other local bands on site to play for family audiences. In 2018, the 13th Annual Free Summer Music and Arts Festival takes place in Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, on June 23 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and 24 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). This year’s version will include 15 musical groups, scheduled for a 45-minute set each, starting every hour. This is a free, two-day family event.
Music will range from pops to jazz to swing and classical and patriotic tunes — probably all by the same group in some cases!
Also on hand will be a number of vendors with food, services and products at the Festival Marketplace.
Inviting Civic Green Park has a nice stage in an amphitheater. Visitors need to bring blankets or folding chairs if they want to sit and enjoy a concert or more. Picnics are encouraged — or buy a snack from the festival’s vendors — pizza is mentioned on the band’s website …
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