HELENA – The 117th annual State Capital Band Concert began last Thursday, June 27.
The band will be performing Wednesday, July 3, ahead of the Fourth of July holiday celebrations.
Every Thursday, from now until August 1, the Capital Band gathers to play summer sessions at Memorial Park.
Students in the band are from all over the school district and of all ages.
One special band member included is Everett Lynn, he’s celebrating his 70th year as a renowned clarinet player for the Capital band.
Every week, the band spends about 2 hours practicing during rehearsal before the concert.
Capital Band Conductor, Robert Loveridge, spoke to MTN about his 12th year as Director.
“Just the camaraderie, the fun that we have with each other. It’s just really a good band…a good group of kids.
I should say, that the band members, they’re just like high school kids with older bodies–I threatened them with lunch detention the other day if they weren’t gonna’ be quiet during rehearsal, but they’re just really a fun group to work with,” said Loveridge.
Admission to the weekly Capital concert is free for everyone and the concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. and last about an hour, come rain or shine