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History

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

bob_dalrymple.jpgBand 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.

Joining

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

    Mt.Everest
    Cakewalk
    Under the Double Eagle
    Satiric Dances
    Sabre and Spurs
    Pie in the Face Polka
    Uncle Teddy
    Mary Poppins
    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
    Bolero
    Danza Finale (Malambo)
    Jupiter
    Overture to Colas Breugnon
    Salute to American Jazz
    Suite of Old American Dances

 

 

14th Season :: 2012

    Capriccio Espagnol
    Rimsky-Korsakov
    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
    Modeste Moussorgsky
    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
    Fandango Perkins/Werle
    Opening Night on Broadway arr. Michael Brown
    Variations on “America” Ives/Rhoads
    Kaffir on the Karoo Sousa
    Trittico Nelhybel
    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
    Quickstep Grafulla
    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