Forty Years of Music Excellence
Organized as a community band in the early 1970's, the Ogden Concert Band is comprised of professional, semi-professional, and serious amateur musicians from the greater Ogden, UT area. Two to three formal concerts are scheduled each year, typically performed at Weber State University in Ogden. In addition, the band plays a summer concert series at the Ogden Amphitheater, as well as concerts at the Hill Air Force Base Museum and the Davis Arts Council's "Free Sunday Night Concert Series." The group has also played at special events, including the dedications of Peery’s Egyptian Theater and The George E. Wahlen Veteran's Home in Ogden, President George H. W. Bush’s 2005 visit to the VFW National Convention in Salt Lake City, the Chai Yi City International Band Festival in Taiwan, and concert tours in Hof, Germany. Special guests who have performed with the group include the Utah Symphony bass trombonist Russell McKinney and Ogden jazz legend Joe McQueen.
In 1993 Dr. Thomas Root became director of the band, and the "Ogden Concert Band" became the group's official name. That year Ogden's mayor and city council passed a resolution honoring Dr. Root and members of the band for their individual commitment and combined achievements representing Ogden City. In 2015, Dr. Shannon Roberts became the band's director following Dr. Root's retirement.
Ogden Concert Band performances include a broad range of selections from a variety of musical styles and periods, giving audience members opportunities for enjoyable, diverse and educational musical experiences. We also are developing a community outreach program to educate, enlighten and encourage prospective audiences as well as other local musical organizations, particularly those with participating young musicians.