Thanks for a Great Day!

From our perspective from last week’s concert we could practically feel the salt spray of the ocean and see every azure hue of the lake as we presented “Water Music!”  We loved the opportunity to present to our wonderful audience all the fine pieces of music our conductor, Ben Hawkins, skillfully selected. Of course the band members expended much energy along with our conductor in rehearsing and presenting these pieces, but it takes many more people to present a concert of this magnitude.

This is the band’s opportunity to thank those persons: the audience, stage crew, our friends of the band, spouses and family members, the band board members, cookie bakers, and even the Jolly Old Elf, himself, Santa, who made his most welcomed seasonal appearance! We’re hoping to remain on the “nice” list. “Thank you” to everyone who makes this venture so successful!


CKCB members decked out in their finest seasonal regalia!

As the new year begins, so do rehearsals. We are excited to perform our next concert at 3 PM on March 5, again at Transylvania University’s Haggin Auditorium. Our next concert will be thematically centered upon the most somber of subjects: War. As emotionally-charged as our last concert was, we very much anticipate exploring the vast spectrum of feelings associated with this topic and presenting it to you this March.

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Seas, Lakes, and Rivers: A Musical Exploration on December 4


It has only been a handful of generations that we have begun to explore the sea’s depths. And so much remains yet a mystery. In Herman Melville’s time, vessels skimmed a line suspended between the broad sky and that which was unseen beneath their ship’s keel. The sailors were, in essence, perhaps like astronauts—afloat on the infinite and unable to survive without the craft—awash in the medium that would claim your life should you immerse yourself in it.

Wildernesses possess beauty. The sea as a wilderness possesses the same beauty. Under full sail, the ship’s lines would sing taut, the oak of the ship groaning its work song while the salt spray breaks like diamonds upon its bow. The bright stars would arc overhead and whisper the ship’s latitude. The ship’s chronograph set to Greenwich’s time would tell its longitude. People, using their wits and fortitude, tested themselves against the great sea.

The Central Kentucky Concert Band will feature several selections that evoke the beauty and danger of the sea and sea travel at 3 PM on Sunday, December 4 at Transylvania’s Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

Of Sailors and Whales by W. Francis McBeth sets five scenes from Moby Dick, Herman Melville’s American literature classic tale of obsession and the sea. McBeth’s musical storytelling will evoke the personalities of the characters and the emotions they experience.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific elicits themes of love and bravado amidst the setting of World War II. It reflects the island, American and European cultures set in contrast to each other as told through the lens of post-war America ascending to world dominance in its victory over Axis powers.

Even on land in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, there is a distant loneliness that isolation and the rage of war brings forth.

Ireland, with the mighty Atlantic crashing on its western shores and the Irish Sea on its eastern, is the setting for Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore. Containing two Irish dances, or “reels”, Temple Hill and Molly on the Shore, one can imagine perhaps an able seaman playing his concertina in the evening before his shipmates, or men and women dancing in the public house upon the return of loved ones from months of sea travel.

Take a break from your holiday preparations and join the band to share in these, and more, musical literature masterpieces that will transport you to the seas, lakes, and grand rivers of the world.

Admission to the concert is free.


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Posted by on November 13, 2016 in News



We’ve said it before, but something so important is never diminished through repetition: Thanks!

The Central Kentucky Concert Band sends our sincerest thanks to the members,


Kentucky’s Capitol Building in Fall.

staff and leadership of the Frankfort Arts Foundation and to the staff and leadership of Kentucky State University as we took our performance to Frankfort last week. The difference between a rehearsal and a performance is having an audience. Playing in front of an audience is when the music becomes “alive.” Thanks to our audience last week for helping us to bring the music to life!

Our relationship to our sponsors and our audiences is critical to our mission of sharing music. As has been said in the  past, we never know who we will touch during a performance: maybe eliciting good memories upon hearing a beloved song; maybe demonstrating that anyone can play music; maybe inspiring the next generation of musicians.

Our next performance will be on Sunday, December 4 at 3 PM at Transylvania University’s Haggin Auditorium. We welcome you to be a part of our audience at that time to help us bring the music to life.

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Posted by on November 6, 2016 in News


CKCB On The Road: Frankfort, Kentucky

The Central Kentucky Concert Band is performing a concert this week in Kentucky’s Capital City–Frankfort. Come hear the band perform at Bradford Hall on historic Kentucky State University’s campus at 7 PM on Thursday, November 3rd. The band is pleased to be presenting this free concert in partnership with the Frankfort Arts Foundation and Kentucky State University.


The New State Capitol Building seen in Fall.

Among other dynamic selections, the band will feature W. Francis McBeth’s emotionally-charged Of Sailors and Whales–a musical setting of Melville’s American novel masterpiece Moby Dick, and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific–perhaps one of the most-loved musicals of the 20th Century.

There are many attractions that can be seen before the concert, such as the New State Capitol Building, Rebecca Ruth Candies, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, and many, many others. There are also great places to eat before or after the concert. Just don’t be late for the concert!



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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in News


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween from CKCB!


The CKCB Flute Section

Reminder that we also have a concert coming up: Thursday, November 3rd at 7 p.m. in Bradford Hall at Kentucky State University.  We hope you see many of you there!

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Posted by on October 28, 2016 in News


Mark and Re-Mark Your Calendar!

The Central Kentucky Concert Band is excited to announce that we’re adding a concert to our schedule this season! We’re taking our band on the road and travelling to Frankfort. Our friends at Kentucky State University are hosting the band on Thursday, November 3rd at 7 p.m. in Bradford Hall. The concert is a joint effort between KSU and the Frankfort Arts Foundation, and we’re honored and excited to be a part of this series.

While you are marking your calendar with our KSU concert, re-mark your calendar with an adjusted date for our December concert. Yes, we’re so excited to present our December concert that we’re moving it a week earlier to Sunday, December 4th! The concert will still be at 3:00 p.m. at Transylvania University’s Mitchell Fine Arts Center in Haggin Auditorium.

We’re so excited about this season and know you will be, too. Hope to see you at one of our concerts soon!


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Posted by on September 25, 2016 in News