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.
Mr. Heltman is Founder and General Director of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He also is a trumpter with the Santa Fe Symphony.
Greg was born in Los Alamos and grew up in Santa Fe. He began playing the trumpet at age nine and continued his studies with Gene Kuntz, former trumpter with the Metroplitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera Orchestras.
Greg graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude from the University of the Pacific, where he studied with Dale Fjerstad. He then moved to New York to study with Mel Broils of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In 1981 Greg moved to Venezuela where he taught trumpet for the "El Sistema" Orchestra de Juvenile program. He and his wife Elaine moved to Israel for two years where he was a member of the Israel Sinfonietta. The Heltmans returned to Santa Fe, where Greg founded the Santa Fe Symphony in 1984.
Mr Heltman has performed with the Stockton (CA) Symphony; was principal trumpet with the Hidden Valley Chamber & Opera Orchestra (Carmel Valley, CA); trumpeter with the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
our PERFORMANCE schedule 2015
Sunday March 15 Spring Concert at St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art 2:00 pm
Sunday May 10, Mother's Day Concert 2:00 pm, Federal Park, Santa Fe
Saturday May 16 Ride for the Band Concert, St. Vincent Regional Medical Center Parking Lot 4:30 pm
Monday May 25, Memorial Day Ceremony 10:30 am, Santa Fe National Cemetery
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!
The Ride for the Band is set for May 17, 2015 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.