The Santa Fe Concert Band continues one of Santa Fe's oldest traditions, of free public concerts by volunteer musicians. This tradition dates back over 140 years, 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.
He has been a teacher in the Santa Fe Public Schools since 1989.
In 1984 Mr. Heltman founded the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and served as its general manager from 1984 to 1988. He has been a trumpeter with the Symphony since its beginning.
1989 - present: 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, current solo trumpeter of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
our concert schedule 2014
Mid July 27, Midsummer Concert Federal Park, Santa Fe
August 17, Historic Concert 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
All concerts at 2PM
unless otherwise noted
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!