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An Instrumental Part of the Community

Find out about the musical legacy of Band of the Hills

In 1998, Band of the Hills was formed with the mission to share passion and compassion. Starting with 18 members driven by their sense of community, they founded a space that brought together a harmonious, unified performing concert band. Band of the Hills is now home to over 100 members, ranging from teachers to executives to retirees.

“I enjoy seeing members of all abilities working alongside each other. This benefits everyone and improves their skills in the process,” says Michial Meyer, Treasurer and member of 25 years. “It is wonderful to see members of all backgrounds working together and helping each other.”

“I was a music major in college with the intent of becoming a band director. My career took a different turn and I went years without playing,” says Teresa Gardner, member of 21 years. “When I found Band of the Hills, it was a gift to play again. It’s been quite the journey going from a very small group that played easier music to a large group playing more advanced music.”

Band of the Hills brings live music to Cedar Park and surrounding areas. They perform anything from classical pieces to show tunes. The band entertains crowds during public shows at several venues, including holiday celebrations, festivals, formal concerts, and senior living facilities.

“My favorite memory was playing at a senior center during Christmas,” says Amy Murray, member of 19 years. “In our audience was a former band director who was about 90 years old. He wandered down the hall and came back with his baton, then led our ensemble in several carols. His daughter was there and started crying—she was so overwhelmed with joy at seeing her dad conduct again.”

Band of Hills has been fortunate to have Director Bob Dalrymple through every special moment. Over Dalrymple’s four-decade career, bands under his direction have performed and won competitions in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri, and Georgia. In 1987, his high school band even represented the United States as the first to tour Russia in years.

“The band has enjoyed 25 years because of the continuity and dedication of the longest-running director in the Austin area and the leadership strength of its members,” says Dalrymple. “I love the pride the band members take in performing each concert.”

Many students who have played with Band of the Hills through the years have returned as adults. The experience doesn’t end at graduation. Spouses, parents, children, and siblings all come together with the knowledge that music is an activity they can enjoy for their entire lives.

Go to bandofthehills.org to learn more about their 25th Anniversary Concert on May 21st.

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