The Santa Fe Concert Band continues one of Santa Fe's oldest traditions, of free public concerts by volunteer musicians. This tradition dates back to 1865, when Francisco Pérez, after serving as a Confederate Army bugler in the ill-fated invasion of New Mexico by Texas forces during the Civil War, returned to Santa Fe and formed La Banda de Santa Fe. This musical tradition continued under various names and directors, including Los Conquistadores from 1909 through 1940, the latter part of which was under the highly-respected and popular Dan McKenzie. The Santa Fe Concert Band was formally incorporated in 1983 under the directorship of Greg Heltman.
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Greg Heltman has conducted the Santa Fe Concert Band since 1983.
He is a graduate of Santa Fe High School, and graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1979.
In 1984 Mr. Heltman founded the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and served as its General Director from 1996 to 1988. He has been a trumpeter with the Symphony since its beginning.
1989 - 1999: General music and band teacher for Santa Fe Public Schools
1983 - present: Director, Santa Fe Concert Band 1984, '85, '86, '87: Conductor/Music Director for Greer Garson musicals including "Chicago", "Babes in Arms" and "Little Shop of Horrors".
1984 - 1988: General Manager for the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra 1981 - 1983: Trumpeter with the Israel Sinfonitta, Beersheva, Israel
1979 - 1980: Trumpeter/Assistant Manager for the Hidden Valley Orchestra, Carmel, California. Private Study: Bene B. Kuntz, formerly trumpeter for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Mel Broiles, former current solo trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
our PERFORMANCE schedule 2014
May 11, Mother's Day Concert 2:00 PM Federal Park, Santa Fe
May 17, Ride for the Band 4:30 pm, St. Vincent's Regional Medical Center
May 26, Memorial Day Ceremony 10:30 am, Santa Fe National Cemetery
June 14, Flag Day Ceremony Time TBA - Veterans Memorial, Santa Fe
June 15, Father's Day Concert 2:00 PM Federal Park, Santa Fe
July 4, Plaza Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am, Santa Fe Plaza Bandstand
Mid July, Midsummer Concert Date & Place TBA
August 17, Historic Concert 2:00 PM Federal Park, Santa Fe
August 26, Special Performance 6:30 pm, Kingston Residence, Santa Fe
November 11, Veterans Day Ceremony Time TBA, Veterans Memorial, Santa Fe
December Holiday Concert Date & Time TBA, Lensic Theater, Santa Fe
Our all-volunteer band is open to musicians of all levels. To join, you simply show up for rehearsal with your instrument (and music stand if you have one). There is no audition or selection process; everyone is welcome. If you need more information, you can call 471-4865.
Our regular rehearsals are from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday nights, all year except a break between our December concert and mid-January.
We rehearse in the Salvation Army building, 525 West Alameda, Santa Fe.
If you're thinking of joining, give us a call or just show up at rehearsal.
See you Tuesday!
ride for the band
The Ride for the Band is set for May 18, 2014 to raise awareness and funds for the Santa Fe Concert Band (SFCB). Cyclists ride 25, 50 or 100 miles in beautiful Old Santa Fe.
The century loop will start in Santa Fe and take you down the ancient Turquoise Trail through the old mining towns of Madrid and Golden, across the mineral rich Ortiz and San Pedro Mountains, across the Estancia Valley through the villages of Cedar Grove and Stanley and on to the very old village of Galisteo and, 100 miles after you start, wheel back into Old Santa Fe. In addition, there is a 25 mile "out & back" route and a 50 mile loop.
Riders who are registered with the SFCB are riding to support the Santa Fe Concert Band (SFCB) and its programs. The minimum pledge for Ride for the Band is $100.00 which includes optional fitness training, bike advice, maintenance, etc. to prepare cyclists for the rides.