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


Rehearsals Resume This Week!

image3Need new reeds? Valves and slides oiled? Timpani tuned?

Don’t waste any more time–BAND REHEARSALS RESUME THIS WEEK!

See you this Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at the band room in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University in Lexington.

This Thursday kicks off the first of three open rehearsals–so if you’ve been considering joining our band, this is a great time! Hope to see you there!

We’re looking forward to another season of making great music and having a wonderful time while we’re doing so!


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Posted by on September 5, 2016 in News


Open Rehearsals for the New Season!

Take the Central Kentucky Concert Band for a test drive!  We’ll be having  open rehearsals on September 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Come sit in with the band! We meet at 7:30 PM in the band room in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center at Transylvania University in Lexington.Band collage 4

The band will be performing three concerts for its 2016-2017 season on December 4th, March 5th, and May 7th. All concerts will be at 3 PM. The band also has a dynamic summer series of outdoor concerts.

Adults from all over the region are members and are engineers, civil servants, teachers, business persons, accountants, and represent many other occupations and backgrounds. The band has a diverse playbook from contemporary music to classical literature.

Have a question? Hit us up on our FB page at Central Kentucky Concert Band, or send us an e-mail on the “Contact CKCB” tab on this web page.

We look forward to making some great music with you!



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Posted by on July 30, 2016 in News


A Drink at the Well

The very first concert of the Central Kentucky Concert Band was forty years ago this year. Dr. Peter Martin, one half of our very first dynamic pair of conductors, recently relayed to us a trial about the very first concert.

Half of our concerts each year are outdoors. We’re an outdoorsy bunch of band persons. That premiere concert was scheduled to be outdoors at Henry Clay’s Estate in Lexington. Outdoor concerts require a lot of toting, packing, and unpacking of heavy equipment. The weather was capricious that spring and after sunny skies were present all weekend after dire forecasts, the conditions of the day cast doubt on whether or not the concert would be al fresco.

After driving the loaded band equipment truck in circles in response to the worsening weather, band members wondering  about their final destination, the band persevered and performed the concert at Haggin Auditorium on Transylvania University’s campus. The band has enjoyed that venue for many years since then.

The very first concert was a labor of love.

Each concert since then has been a labor of love.

For each concert to happen, much must be arranged beforehand. Contracts must be signed. Money must be raised. Stages must be set. Music must be selected and distributed. Music must be practiced and translated from abstract dots on a page to harmonious, emotion-invoking stories. This process takes weeks of preparation. This doesn’t even count the years of training that conductors and musicians spend learning their craft.

We do this because we love music.

We do this because we love the communal aesthetic of making music together.

The music does not fall spontaneously from the skies as the rain did that very first concert. Each ounce must be drawn from the ground and carried up a hill.

Thank you for your support of the band and of our efforts, whether you be an audience member, a stage technician, a financial backer, a sponsor, a reception host, a musician, a conductor, a section leader, a composer, a band board member, or a family member.

Each of you has had a hand on the pump.

Each of you has carried a bucket up the hill.

Thank you for your labor of love.

See you next season!


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Posted by on July 15, 2016 in News


Study Says Sound Waves Can Increase Plant Growth; CKCB Says to Plants: Hang on to Your Petals!


Test Subjects, Not unlike the ones that will be at the Wallis House.

According to a study released in 2004 entitled, “Sound wave stimulation triggers the content change of the endogenous hormone of the Chrysanthemum mature callus,” (whew, what a title!) some very smart scientists actually determined that sound can make at least chrysanthemums grow. Just imagine what an entire band concert could do to the unsuspecting specimens!

Using a completely non-scientific method, the Central Kentucky Concert Band will see if these results can be replicated as the CKCB performs this Sunday, July 3rd, in Paris, Kentucky at the Wallis House (616 Pleasant Street)–home base of one of the band’s most beloved sponsors–the Garden Club of Kentucky. The experiment begins at 7:00 p.m. amid the beautiful gardens and grounds at the Wallis House and is free. The public is invited to bring some munchies and enjoy the show!

Casual dress. No lab coats required.



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Posted by on June 27, 2016 in News