Beginning with a core of 18 musicians in 1998, Band of the Hills has grown in size to over 80 members representing diverse backgrounds in our community – teachers, blue and white collar workers, executives, students, retirees and business owners. The common bond among the players is a shared love for making great music.
The band celebrated its 10th anniversary the spring of 2008 with concerts at HEB Central Market, the Houston Area Community Music Festival, and at Cedar Park High School for the season closing 10th Anniversary Celebration. In past years the band has entertained crowds at Cedar Park Bull’s Eye Bash, the Leander, Salado and Cedar Park Christmas family nights, the Georgetown Red Poppy Festival, the Cedar Park Fourth of July celebration and at an Austin Ice Bats hockey game, as well as at a number of churches and retirement homes in the area.
While Austin has the title “Live Music Capital of the World”, Band of the Hills brings the joy of live music to Cedar Park and the surrounding area. We perform traditional varieties of music from marches to classical, show tunes to big band and patriotic to seasonal favorites along with other types of music. Band of the Hills is a member of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and a member of the National Association of Concert Bands.
There are no auditions for membership in the band. As the playing ability of each member grows, the capability of the ensemble continues to improve and we all learn from each other. We rehearse once a week during the school year at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park. We provide a fun, social environment for musicians to practice and perform their art. Everyone is welcome to be a member as long as they have an instrument and can perform.
Bob Dalrymple ~ Artistic Director
Band of the Hills has been very fortunate to have director Bob Dalrymple since the very first rehearsal in 1998. Bob received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. During his 40-year career, bands under Bob’s direction have performed and won competitions in Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri and Georgia. In 1987 his band represented the UnitedStates as the first high school band to tour Russia in years. Bob taught for 20 years in the Round Rock ISD. While at Round Rock High School, his marching band won the 1st UIL State Marching Contest. Bob has served as Region Band Chairman, contest chairman, clinician, adjudicator and conductor.
While at UT, Bob was President of the Fine Arts Council, President of the music service fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha, a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, worked in the Dean’s office and was a stage manager of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Iota Kappa Lambda.
Bob continued working in the private sector and was the owner of his own company. Bob is currently a member of the Cedar Park Library Foundation Board and a member of the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce.
The band welcomes adult and student musicians. To join, show up with your instrument ready to play at one of our regular rehearsals. These rehearsals take place Thursday evenings throughout the school year (check this website for holidays and other cancellations). Filling out the contact form will let us know of your plans to attend a rehearsal.
The only requirement is that you try your best and come prepared. The band’s standards are high and music is selected, rehearsed and performed with that in mind. For those whose skills are limited or are simply rusty from disuse, hang on for the ride as we won’t be slowing down for you. We believe the best incentive to learn comes from being challenged to keep up with those around you. And don’t worry, we never put any individual on the spot just because they may have difficulty with the music. We want to help you grow and improve as a musician.
We welcome you, but experience has taught us that many who show up wanting to join never return, therefore we never give out music to new members on their first day. We understand that some people may not find our band to their liking for any number of reasons, but we hope never because we made them feel unwelcome.
As a new member, you may be asked to sit out an upcoming concert if that concert is scheduled close to your date of joining. This is not a judgment on your playing skill. We feel that regardless of your skill, attendance to several rehearsals are required to ensure all members in the band perform well together and have absorbed all the performance instructions and directive that have been given over many rehearsals.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30pm at the Vista Ridge High School band hall. Our season typically runs mid-September to May.
Vista Ridge High School is at 200 S Vista Ridge Pkwy Cedar Park, TX 78613.
Member dues per year are as follows:
$35 for adults
$15 for students
Family discount: Full dues for first member, $15 for each additional family member. Members joining after January 1st will pay half dues.
Members should make every effort to arrive at rehearsal in time to assemble their instruments, warm up and tune up in time to begin playing at 7:15 sharp. Members are expected to attend as many rehearsals as possible. When a player knows they will not be able to attend a rehearsal, they should notify their section leader in advance.
Past Performances Band of the Hills performs a wide variety of music from marches to classical, show tunes to big band and patriotic to seasonal favorites. Here are some of pieces we have performed since 1998... over 100 concerts so far.
18th Season : 2016
Piccolo Polka Robert Burke, Jr.
Symphony for Band #6 Vincent Persichetti
Symphonic Songs For Band Robert Russell Bennett
Bond...James Bond Stephen Bullla
American Salute Morton Gould
American Overture for Band Joseph Willcox Jenkins
Big Band Spectacular Jack Bullock
John Williams: Movie Adventures Michael Sweeney
Symphonic Gershwin Warren Barker
Redemption Rossano Galante
The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber Warren Barker
Chester William Schuman
City Slickers Stijn Rutten
Dance of the Hours A. Ponchielli
Texas Promenade David R. Holsinger
Spanish Dance Enrique Granados Scott Richards
Tico Tico Z. de Abreu / David Marlatt
17th Season :: 2015
Under the Double Eagle
Sabre and Spurs
Pie in the Face Polka
Of Days Gone By (primier performance)
Duke Ellington in Concert
Excerpts from Orpheus in der Unterwelt
16th Season :: 2014
Polovetsian Dances #1
Mancini Harry’s Wondous World
On a Hymnsong
The Mission Theme
Journey to the Lion’s Castle
Symphonic Dances from “Fiddler”
15th Season :: 2013
The Black Man
Danza Finale (Malambo)
Overture to Colas Breugnon
Salute to American Jazz
Suite of Old American Dances
14th Season :: 2012
Broadway Show Stoppers arr. Warren Barker
Selections from Les Miserables Claude Schoenberg
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber arr. Warren Barker
Night on Bald Mountain
Clarinet Candy Leroy Anderson
Silverado Bruce Broughton
Overture to Candide Leonard Bernstein
Home Stretch Leroy Anderson
13th Season :: 2011
The Sinfonians Clifton Williams
Looking Upward (Polar Star) Sousa
The Children’s March Grainger
God Of Our Fathers Claude Smith
Pavanne Morton Gould
Russian Sailor’s Dance Gliere
Belle of the Ball Leroy Anderson
Armed Forces Salute arr. Bob Lowden
At the Movies Sousa
Blues for a Killed Kat Jack End
Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonnie Doon Grainger
The Cowboys John Williams
Dixieland Jam arr. Bob Lowden
12th Season :: 2010
Symphonic Songs for Band Robert Russell Bennett
My Fair Lady Lerner & Loewe
Phantom Of The Opera Webber
English Dances Malcolm Arnold
Hello-Dolly J. Herman
Porgy and Bess Gershwin
American Overture Jenkins
The Rakes of Mallow Leroy Anderson
Symphonic Gershwin Gershwin/Barker
11th Season :: 2009
Symphony #3 – 4th movement Giannini
The Melody Shop King/Glover
Opening Night on Broadway arr. Michael Brown
Variations on “America” Ives/Rhoads
Kaffir on the Karoo Sousa
Wedding Dance Press/Johnson/Fennell
Pineapple Poll Sullivan/Mackerras
10th Season :: 2007
Shepherd’s Hey Grainger/Mark Rogers
Valdres Johannes Hanssen/Glenn C. Bainum
William Tell Overture Rossini/Erik Keidzen
Turkey in the Straw David W. Guion/Sousa
Overture in Search of a Show Mark D. Slater
Immer Kleiner Adolf Schreiner/Trsc. George S. Howard
Armenian Dances, pt I Alfred Reed
Sedona Steven Reinke
Swing,Swing,Swing John Williams/Mark Taylor
9th Season :: 2006
Gavorkna Fanfare Stamp Freischutz
Big Band Spectacular arr. Bullock
The March from 1941 Williams
Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez Rodrigo/Bolton Lee
The Genius of Charles arr. Brown
Fugue N’ Swing Stauffer
Danse Bacchanale from “Samson and Delilah” Saint-Seans
Semper Fidelis Sousa
8th Season :: 2005
Salute to Bob Hope Warren Barker
New York 1927 Warren Barker
Irving Berlin Showstoppers Berlin
Satiric Dances Dello Joio
Dixieland Jam various
Disney at the Movies various/Higgins
In the Miller Mood Miller
They’re Off Jewel/Glover
7th Season :: 2004
Clog Dance Marcangelo
Cakewalk from Suite of Old American Dances Robert Russell Bennett
T.D.’s Boogie Woogie Dorsey/Clark
A Leroy Anderson Portrait Anderson/Barnes
Music of the Beatles arr. Sweeney Fandango Perkins/Werle
Carnival in Sao Paulo Barnes
America the Beautiful Ward/Dragon