Swing Into The Holidays
Coastal Mix Holiday Concert
Stratford Community Concert Band
Sunday, December 4th, 1 p.m. at Milford Senior Center
Tuesday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Center
Stratford Community Concert Band will be holding holiday concerts on Sunday December 4th at 1:00 p.m.at the Milford Senior Center and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 6th at the Baldwin Center.
The concerts are free. The Stratford (CT) Community Concert Band was formed in 1961 and for many years existed as a conventional concert band. However, over the past decade, and under the direction of Wayne Hiller, the group has evolved into a 40-member swing band. Its repertoire is largely devoted to the performance of classic and modern swing arrangements. Members range in age from high school students to retirees and hail from the Stratford area and beyond. Free concerts are held both in December and throughout the spring and summer months at a number of locations.
The band welcomes not only musicians who play woodwind or brass instruments normally associated with a swing band but also French horns, baritones/euphoniums, tuba, and double reeds. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at the Baldwin Center. Rehearsals are fast-paced and musicians should be proficient on their instruments, but there are no auditions or membership fees. If you have questions, feel free to contact Bob Sherman.
Wayne Hiller, Music Director, graduated from Stratford High School, where he was a member of the band and chorus. He attended Susquehanna University and the University of Bridgeport. He has a BA, an MA, and a 6th Year degree in Music Education.
His fifty year career includes membership in the US Navy Band as well as a diverse career of entertaining in Hawaii, Connecticut and New York. He has been arranger and instructor for many drum corps and marching bands from coast to coast, including Stratford’s own Connecticut Yankees and the Anderson Dunn and Kochiss American Legion Posts.
Wayne is a member of MENC and the Eastern All American Judges Association. He was a DCA judge for fifteen years and judged eleven national championships. His career in education includes band directorships at Darien, Central, and Harding High Schools.
In addition to serving as conductor/arranger for the Stratford Community Concert Band, Wayne currently performs with a trio, quartet, and octet. Additionally, he is the music arranger for the Paul King Band, the Wayne Hiller Octet, and the Westchester Brassmen.
We look forward to seeing you either on the stage or in the audience!
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