Thanks to the great audience who turned out for our “Lollapalooza” concert last Sunday! You, the audience, are the medium that helps put life in the performance! Special thanks to our sponsors and Friends of the Band! Your support helps us pay the light bills! Who wants to play in the dark? Thanks to our partners at Transylvania who set up the stage and provide a venue for us, for which we are ever thankful and appreciative! Thanks to our conductor and assistant conductor, fellow band members and family members who support our passion in ways too varied to describe!

We’re going to take a few days off to maintain our instruments and begin preparations for the next time.

Please mark your calendars for our next concert on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 3 PM again at Transylvania University’s Haggin Auditorium.

Thanks to Kevs KameRa Photography for posting video from the concert to YouTube!



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

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

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]



Summer Concert Series 2015

Have you ever noticed how much better food tastes outdoors like at a picnic? Music is the same way! Trust me on this. With that in mind, after an incredibly successful regular season the Central Kentucky Concert Band is pleased to announce the commencement of its Summer Concert Series. This series always features a great variety of musical genres from patriotic to popular to include some classical and jazzy selections. The band will open the season on June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Lexington Veterans Medical Center grounds 2250 Leestown Road where it will give a little back to our veterans who have given so much to us.

The series will continue on July 5th at 7 p.m. where the band will be the guest of the Garden Club of Kentucky which is always a great time! Come see the band at the exquisitely manicured gardens of the historic Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street in beautiful Paris that day.

Concluding their series for the summer, the band will be sponsored by the Friends of the Arboretum and will perform al fresco in the midst of the gently rolling hundred acres of the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. (NOTE new time for July 11 concert!)  Please note that while Alumni Drive is under construction you can get to the Arboretum from Alumni Drive on the Tates Creek side.

The band’s conductor, Ben Hawkins, and associate conductor, Les Anderson, will be leading the band on June 14 and will head out for much-deserved vacations afterward. In their place, the band is excited to welcome Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the conductor of the 202nd Army Band of the National Guard as guest conductor for the July concerts. HOOAH! Welcome, CWO Stepp!

As always, the band’s concerts are free and open to all!


—Mark Mitchell, CKCB PR Manager

Concert December 7

The Central Kentucky Concert Band marches on (metaphorically)!CKCBposterDec2014

Come join us on Sunday, December 7 at 3 pm in Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University for “Old, New, Borrowed, Blue”!

Our new director/conductor, Dr. Ben Hawkins of Transylvania University fame, is once again in the saddle and leading us to make some great music together in his debut concert with the band.

And what a debut it is! We’ll be presenting some favorites like Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances” which ranges from cakewalks to ragtime, Berlioz’ “Hungarian March,” Sousa’s “The Free Lance March,” as well as many other selections which will warm you on a cold afternoon.

But wait! There’s more! Since Christmas is around the corner, we’ll also throw in a couple of holiday favorites just to get your sleigh bells jingling!

As always, our concert is free, and no tickets are required.

So come for the music and stay for the cookies at the reception!

Hope to see you there!


Humpty-Dumpty Sat on a Wall

Humpty-Dumpty Sat on a Wall
featuring the Central Kentucky Concert Band
Sunday, February 26, 2012
3:00 PM
Haggin Auditorium, Mitchell Fine Arts Building, Transylvania University

The Humpty-Dumpty Sat on a Wall Concert will feature “Magic Overture” [Doss], “Overture to the Magic Flute” [Mozart], “Entrance of the Queen” [Aparicio-Barberin], “March of the Trolls” [Grieg], “Alake” [Wyntin], and “Young Wizards” [Fraser].

Special highlights of the concert will include a musical tribute to the life of Mr. Jack Shepard, Tubist Emeritus and cherished member of the CKCB; the much-beloved “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” [Dukas] under the baton of well-known area educator and musician, Mr. Les Anderson, Assistant Conductor of the CKCB and a rousing rendition of the “Humpty-Dumpty Rag” [Straight] to close the program.

This concert is the second of the “Of Myths and Magic” 2011-2012 performance season. Peter LaRue serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Central Kentucky Concert Band.

There is no admission charge for the concert, donations are most-graciously accepted. We hope to see you there.