What do Giacomo Puccini, Alessandro Volta, a toy robot, and the Central Kentucky Concert Band have in common? I’m glad you asked.

On December 6th, at 3:00 p.m. at Haggin Auditorium on historic Transylvania University’s campus, the Central Kentucky Concert Band will present its December concert: “Lollapalooza.” As a part of this celebration of many diverse musical selections, the band will present a two minute trippy march by Giacomo Puccini called “Scossa Elettrica.” In English this means “Electric Shock.” This piece was written in part to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the creation of the first voltaic pile by—you guessed it—Alessandro Volta. A voltaic pile is a contrivance wherein two different metals are stacked on top of each other in an alternating fashion surrounded by an electrolyte. It induces a flow of electrons from the poles of the device.

The toy robot? Of course they run on voltaic piles—also known as batteries.

Come see the band on Sunday, December 6, and when you are finishing up your holiday shopping, don’t forget your voltaic piles!

Free admission; no batteries required!

— Post (and awesome robot drawing!) by CKCB PR manager, Mark Mitchell

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Concerts & Events, News


The time is here!

Thursday, Thursday, Thursday! Come to the band room at Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University at 7:30 p.m. and hold on to your hats!
The Central Kentucky Concert Band is kicking off its 2015-2016 Season with its FORTIETH ANNUAL MEGA MONSTER OPEN REHEARSAL! Bring your friends, bring your kids, bring your mom and dad, provided they’re all over 18 and play a musical instrument!
There’ll be Ben Hawkins standing in front waving his arms frantically, providing ROCK STEADY conducting!
There’ll be whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eighth notes, but don’t count on any rests!
There will be time signatures such as 4/4, 3/4, 5/8, and cut time!*
(*Time signatures have been invited, but have not been confirmed.)

Yes! This is it! This is what you’ve been waiting for ALL SUMMER LONG!
Oil those slides and valves, check your reeds, and

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Posted by on September 4, 2015 in News


Partial playlist for December 6 concert

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Posted by on September 4, 2015 in News


2015 Open Rehearsals

The Central Kentucky Concert Band, its conductor Dr. Ben Hawkins and assistant conductor Les Anderson, are pleased to announce open rehearsals beginning on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the band room at Transylvania University’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center, 300 North Broadway, Lexington Kentucky. Instrumentalists are invited to come play with the band on September 10th, 17th, and the 24th upon which date they’ll be invited to audition upon the conclusion of rehearsal. Instrumentalists representing all sections are welcome. French horn players, trombonists, and percussionists are especially invited.

The Central Kentucky Concert Band presents three regular season concerts during the year, and presents a summer concert series amid some of the most scenic locations in Kentucky. The band is a member of the Association of Concert Bands of America and LexArts. The ensemble has been performing in the Central Kentucky area since 1976 and includes in its membership persons who are educators, engineers, government employees, entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, musicians, as well as many other diverse careers, all of whom are united in their love of the musical performing arts.

CKCB Rehearsal

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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in News


July 11 Concert at UK Arboretum

Once upon a time, before unlimited smart phone connectivity, before Facebook, before television, before radio, people used to gather and entertain themselves. No amplifiers, no conglomerate rock music publishers, no processed, target-demographic-marketed, scientifically-selected mass media fed into your brain as if one were being fattened like a Thanksgiving turkey.

This Saturday at 7:30 PM at the Arboretum State Botanical Garden of Kentucky in Lexington (on Alumni Drive, but use Tates Creek Road to get there because of construction) the Central Kentucky Concert Band will be presenting an hour’s worth of musical respite.

Gregory Stepp, Guest Conductor

Gregory Stepp, Guest Conductor

The band is brought to you by the courtesy of its friends, the Friends of the Arboretum. The band concludes its Summer Concert Series under the fine direction of its guest conductor, Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the conductor of the 202nd Army Band of the National Guard.

Amid the hundred acres of emerald trees and grass that is the Arboretum, bathed in the copper-golden light of the setting sun, the band will present an entertaining mix of patriotic and popular music. It’s totally analog. It’s totally unplugged. No amplifiers. No social media. Just sixty or so people playing their horns out of nothing more than the love of music.

And for additional kicks, bring your kids. The band’s rejection of electronics is practically subversive in its embracing of good, old-fashioned values and entertainment. Your kids won’t know what to think. It’ll be hilarious.

Here’s my challenge to you: Come listen. That’s all you have to do to claim some “you” time. Come. Listen. It is that easy. No admission charge, bring your own blanket or chairs, and enjoy!

–CKCB PR director Mark Mitchell

CKCB @ UK Arboretum

CKCB @ UK Arboretum

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Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Concerts & Events, News


July 5 concert, Paris, KY

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight

Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Come thou, good fellows, to Titania’s bower
where oxlips and violets do thrive.
A concert we bring you, a musical shower,
Is fixed close, but a few minutes’ drive.

‘Tis Paris I speak of, in this faux ‘Liz-bethan beat.
Our sponor, our champion,and our host for the night
is the Garden Club of Kentucky, 616 Pleasant Street
(down that way and just to the right).

Come You: bring friends, bring family, bring strangers and hear
Our faire band play sweet, dulcet notes,
This fifth day of July–this very good year.
Bring food, bring blankets and bring them in totes!

The music shall gush from trumpet and horn
The seventh hour past Noon (but not in the morn).
Pray what cost shall you bear for our sweet musicality?
Absolutely nothing, there’s no admission; it’s free!

[Modern-English translation:  Free outdoor concert!  Sunday, July 5, 7 PM at the Wallis Arboretum, Garden Club of Kentucky, Paris, KY]



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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Concerts & Events, News


June 14 Outdoor Concert


Q: When was Flag Day first recognized?
A: August 3, 1949, where it was designated by Congress under the urging of President Harry S. Truman to be held on June 14 each year.

Q: Who is going to be in concert at the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center 2250 Leestown Road on June 14 at 4:00 PM?
A: The Central Kentucky Concert Band!

Q: Who is invited and how much will it cost?
A: Everybody, and admission is free!

I’m going to bet you did pretty well on the quiz! So as a reward, bring your favorite blanket or lawn chair to the Lexington VA Medical Center grounds and join the Central Kentucky Concert Band and our honored veterans on June 14, Flag Day, at 4 PM for a great afternoon of music. The band will be set up in front of Building 27. The band will be presenting a great mix of tunes that will include perhaps the most beautiful arrangement there is of “America the Beautiful,” as well as “Armed Forces Salute,” selections from “Oklahoma!,” a little Gershwin, and many more!

For a PDF map of the venue, including parking location, see this link: VAmap

Please bring your own lawn chair or a blanket. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the auditorium in building #4, which is on the opposite side of the campus from #27.

Post by CKCB PR Director, Mark Mitchell

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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in News


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