BSOC: Balance, A Chorale Concert

As poet Barbara Crooker wrote, we are all “in the middle of a life that’s as complicated as everyone else’s, struggling for balance, juggling time.” Find your balance with the Billings Symphony Chorale.

  • Posted on: November 13, 2021

BSOC: Bently Spang

Experience Bently Spang’s; Teckno Powwow: a mixed-media installation of interactive animation, video projection, and Native American dance forms, enveloped by a soundscape of techno-rave and powwow music.

  • Posted on: October 28, 2021

Alive After 5

Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community

Alive After 5 is Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series that takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5:00pm -8:00pm at a different outdoor venue in downtown Billings, this August. Each summer, the series entertainment line-up ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands. Each concert includes various food vendors with outdoor food menu options to choose from.

August 26: Paige & The People’s Band at Tiny’s Tavern. (323 N. 24th St.)

Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!

Admission: 

Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, 21 and older individuals wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple tents.

The $10 V.I.P Experience:

Each concert includes a special shaded V.I.P area with chairs, tables, ice cold bottled water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty-six $10 V.I.P wristbands are available each week on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your spot in the V.I.P area either visit the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street suite A or call (406) 294-5060, Monday – Thursday  from 9:00am to 12:00pm to pre-pay and reserve your V.I.P spots.


Event Resources

Band Booking Inquiry Form

This event is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
$4,000 Series Producer: Valley Credit Union
$1,250 Composer: Clock Tower Inn & First Interstate Bank 
$500 Orchestra: Billings Chamber of Commerce, & Desert Mountain Broadcasting
$250 Chorus: Albertsons

Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@downtownbillings.com

We’re always looking for good volunteers to help with setup, wrist banding, and IDing from 4:45-8pm.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 12. 

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 19.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 26.

Or contact, contact our Event Director for a list of volunteer opportunties.

The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA) coordinates each of the AA5 concerts from set-up to tear-down and beyond. Each concert date takes place at a “Host” location within the Business Improvement District (BID). The concert series brings over 10,000 people to downtown Billings each summer.

Most of the DBA signature events such as St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Fest, Holiday parade, Christmas Stroll, First Friday efforts, and more, are not revenue generators for the DBA, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. The revenue generated by the AA5 series helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of the other DBA community-centric events throughout the year.

The AA5 downtown concert series was started in 2003 by a group of downtown restaurant & property owners led by the Publisher of the Gazette. The anchoring hosts included Walkers, McCormick’s, Pug Mahons, The Rex, and Montana Brewing Co and began with just 5 summer concerts around downtown. Tiny’s Tavern added in as an anchoring host in 2004. Over the years, the idea grew from the initial 5 concerts a summer to, at its biggest 14 concerts, to its current 8 concert series. When the Anchor Hosts passed the event over in full to the DBA to operate, the agreement made between the DBA & the anchor hosts is such that each year the remaining anchoring host’s are given a first-right-of-refusal to host a date in the coming season. The remaining dates are then opened up for other interested locations to bid for a date to host.

If you would be interested in more information on how to bid to host an AA5 concert please, contact our Event Director.


Our 2021 Season Sponsors:

 

Series Producer 

Composer Sponsors:

Orchestra Sponsors:

Chorus Sponsors:

Support Sponsors:

  • Posted on: August 26, 2021

Alive After 5

Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community

Alive After 5 is Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series that takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5:00pm -8:00pm at a different outdoor venue in downtown Billings, this August. Each summer, the series entertainment line-up ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands. Each concert includes various food vendors with outdoor food menu options to choose from.

August 19: El Wencho at Montana Brewing Co. (113 N. Broadway)

Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!

Admission: 

Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, 21 and older individuals wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple tents.

The $10 V.I.P Experience:

Each concert includes a special shaded V.I.P area with chairs, tables, ice cold bottled water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty-six $10 V.I.P wristbands are available each week on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your spot in the V.I.P area either visit the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street suite A or call (406) 294-5060, Monday – Thursday  from 9:00am to 12:00pm to pre-pay and reserve your V.I.P spots.


Event Resources

Band Booking Inquiry Form

This event is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
$4,000 Series Producer: Valley Credit Union
$1,250 Composer: Clock Tower Inn & First Interstate Bank 
$500 Orchestra: Billings Chamber of Commerce, & Desert Mountain Broadcasting
$250 Chorus: Albertsons

Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@downtownbillings.com

We’re always looking for good volunteers to help with setup, wrist banding, and IDing from 4:45-8pm.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 12. 

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 19.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 26.

Or contact, contact our Event Director for a list of volunteer opportunties.

The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA) coordinates each of the AA5 concerts from set-up to tear-down and beyond. Each concert date takes place at a “Host” location within the Business Improvement District (BID). The concert series brings over 10,000 people to downtown Billings each summer.

Most of the DBA signature events such as St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Fest, Holiday parade, Christmas Stroll, First Friday efforts, and more, are not revenue generators for the DBA, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. The revenue generated by the AA5 series helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of the other DBA community-centric events throughout the year.

The AA5 downtown concert series was started in 2003 by a group of downtown restaurant & property owners led by the Publisher of the Gazette. The anchoring hosts included Walkers, McCormick’s, Pug Mahons, The Rex, and Montana Brewing Co and began with just 5 summer concerts around downtown. Tiny’s Tavern added in as an anchoring host in 2004. Over the years, the idea grew from the initial 5 concerts a summer to, at its biggest 14 concerts, to its current 8 concert series. When the Anchor Hosts passed the event over in full to the DBA to operate, the agreement made between the DBA & the anchor hosts is such that each year the remaining anchoring host’s are given a first-right-of-refusal to host a date in the coming season. The remaining dates are then opened up for other interested locations to bid for a date to host.

If you would be interested in more information on how to bid to host an AA5 concert please, contact our Event Director.


Our 2021 Season Sponsors:

 

Series Producer 

Composer Sponsors:

Orchestra Sponsors:

Chorus Sponsors:

Support Sponsors:

  • Posted on: August 19, 2021

Alive After 5

Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community

Alive After 5 is Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series that takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5:00pm -8:00pm at a different outdoor venue in downtown Billings, this August. Each summer, the series entertainment line-up ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands. Each concert includes various food vendors with outdoor food menu options to choose from.

August 12: John Roberts y Pan Blanco at Walkers Grill (2700 1st Ave N.)

Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!

Admission: 

Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, 21 and older individuals wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple tents.

The $10 V.I.P Experience:

Each concert includes a special shaded V.I.P area with chairs, tables, ice cold bottled water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty-six $10 V.I.P wristbands are available each week on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your spot in the V.I.P area either visit the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street suite A or call (406) 294-5060, Monday – Thursday  from 9:00am to 12:00pm to pre-pay and reserve your V.I.P spots.


Event Resources

Band Booking Inquiry Form

This event is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
$4,000 Series Producer: Valley Credit Union
$1,250 Composer: Clock Tower Inn & First Interstate Bank 
$500 Orchestra: Billings Chamber of Commerce, & Desert Mountain Broadcasting
$250 Chorus: Albertsons

Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@downtownbillings.com

We’re always looking for good volunteers to help with setup, wrist banding, and IDing from 4:45-8pm.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 12. 

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 19.

Click to volunteer for Thurs., Aug 26.

Or contact, contact our Event Director for a list of volunteer opportunties.

The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA) coordinates each of the AA5 concerts from set-up to tear-down and beyond. Each concert date takes place at a “Host” location within the Business Improvement District (BID). The concert series brings over 10,000 people to downtown Billings each summer.

Most of the DBA signature events such as St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Fest, Holiday parade, Christmas Stroll, First Friday efforts, and more, are not revenue generators for the DBA, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. The revenue generated by the AA5 series helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of the other DBA community-centric events throughout the year.

The AA5 downtown concert series was started in 2003 by a group of downtown restaurant & property owners led by the Publisher of the Gazette. The anchoring hosts included Walkers, McCormick’s, Pug Mahons, The Rex, and Montana Brewing Co and began with just 5 summer concerts around downtown. Tiny’s Tavern added in as an anchoring host in 2004. Over the years, the idea grew from the initial 5 concerts a summer to, at its biggest 14 concerts, to its current 8 concert series. When the Anchor Hosts passed the event over in full to the DBA to operate, the agreement made between the DBA & the anchor hosts is such that each year the remaining anchoring host’s are given a first-right-of-refusal to host a date in the coming season. The remaining dates are then opened up for other interested locations to bid for a date to host.

If you would be interested in more information on how to bid to host an AA5 concert please, contact our Event Director.


Our 2021 Season Sponsors:

 

Series Producer 

Composer Sponsors:

Orchestra Sponsors:

Chorus Sponsors:

Support Sponsors:

  • Posted on: August 12, 2021

Alive After 5 & Magic City Blues

Music – Food – Drinks – Dancing – Community

Alive After 5 is Downtown’s most anticipated summer concert series that takes place weekly, Thursday evenings, from 5:00pm -8:00pm at a different outdoor venue in downtown Billings, this August. Each summer, the series entertainment line-up ranges from local and regional favorites to nationally touring bands. Each concert includes various food vendors with outdoor food menu options to choose from.

August 5: Magic City Blues Artists Mike Farris, Opening: Willy G 

Live Music & Fun with 1500 of Your Closest Friends!

 

Admission: 

Admission for Alive After 5 remains free for the public, however, 21 and older individuals wishing to consume alcohol must purchase a $2 wristband at one of the Purple tents.

The $10 V.I.P Experience:

Each concert includes a special shaded V.I.P area with chairs, tables, ice cold bottled water, and easy access to one of the event bar locations. Only Twenty-six $10 V.I.P wristbands are available each week on a first come first serve basis. To reserve your spot in the V.I.P area either visit the DBA office located at 116 N. 29th Street suite A or call (406) 294-5060, Monday – Thursday  from 9:00am to 12:00pm to pre-pay and reserve your V.I.P spots.


Event Resources

Band Booking Inquiry Form

This event is made possible by the host locations and our event sponsors.
$4,000 Series Producer: Valley Credit Union
$1,250 Composer: Clock Tower Inn & First Interstate Bank 
$500 Orchestra: Billings Chamber of Commerce, & Desert Mountain Broadcasting
$250 Chorus: Albertsons

Interested in sponsoring this event or other events: email LRichardson@downtownbillings.com

The Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA) coordinates each of the AA5 concerts from set-up to tear-down and beyond. Each concert date takes place at a “Host” location within the Business Improvement District (BID). The concert series brings over 10,000 people to downtown Billings each summer.

Most of the DBA signature events such as St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Strawberry Festival, Harvest Fest, Holiday parade, Christmas Stroll, First Friday efforts, and more, are not revenue generators for the DBA, but are coordinated in efforts to bring people to downtown boosting the vitality of the downtown businesses. AA5 not only brings people downtown it is also one of the few revenue generating events thrown by the DBA. The revenue generated by the AA5 series helps sustain the coordination and facilitation of the other DBA community-centric events throughout the year.

The AA5 downtown concert series was started in 2003 by a group of downtown restaurant & property owners led by the Publisher of the Gazette. The anchoring hosts included Walkers, McCormick’s, Pug Mahons, The Rex, and Montana Brewing Co and began with just 5 summer concerts around downtown. Tiny’s Tavern added in as an anchoring host in 2004. Over the years, the idea grew from the initial 5 concerts a summer to, at its biggest 14 concerts, to its current 8 concert series. When the Anchor Hosts passed the event over in full to the DBA to operate, the agreement made between the DBA & the anchor hosts is such that each year the remaining anchoring host’s are given a first-right-of-refusal to host a date in the coming season. The remaining dates are then opened up for other interested locations to bid for a date to host.

If you would be interested in more information on how to bid to host an AA5 concert please, contact our Event Director.


Our 2021 Season Sponsors:

 

Series Producer 

Composer Sponsors:

Orchestra Sponsors:

Chorus Sponsors:

Support Sponsors:

  • Posted on: August 5, 2021

Erik Olson Quartet Live at the Art House

The Erik Olson Quartet returns to the Art House after a year long hiatus! In March 2020 they brought the house down with their tribute to Dave Brubeck, and now they plan on doing it again, with time with all original music written by Erik himself. The concert will be recorded by world-class audio engineer Monte Nickles so that the experience can be relived again and again on all major streaming platforms. You won’t want to miss this memorable performance at the Art House Cinema & pUb on July 13th, 2021. Get tickets now before they’re gone!

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  • Posted on: July 13, 2021

Kirks’ Grocery: PCRV, Maraud, Melted Nard Puke

Come listen to noise music outside Kirks’ Grocery from 7-9 pm. Three solo acts using electronics and pushing what has deemed music to the edge. This is the real Americana, artists screaming back at the cesspool of American culture and brutally examining the chaos in it.

  • Posted on: July 2, 2021

Billings Symphony: Ensemble Bayona

Music free of limitations and prejudices. Members Eros Jaca, (cello), Vladyslava Luchenko (violin), and Camille Sublet (piano) perform innovative, folk-inspired interpretations of the world’s greatest composers while forming authentic relationships with their audience.

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Please note that masks are required at all times when in our venues.  Thank you for helping us to safely present live music in Billings!

ENSEMBLE BAYONA
Ensemble Bayona, artist in residence at the Auditorio de Zaragoza between 2017 and 2019, explores different ways to interpret the music from the composers of the late 19th century up to the present day. Focusing on innovation and musical quality, the multinational group believes in a musical philosophy free of limitations and prejudices. Ensemble Bayona was awarded the prestigious 2020 Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Prize for Interpreters of Contemporary Music.

 

EROS JACA | CELLO

Eros Jaca, Artistic Director of Ensemble Bayona, has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in major concert halls of Europe including the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid), St. James Picadilly (London), the Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona), and the Tonhalle (Zurich). He works with composers like Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann and Antón García Abril, and performs in the German Festival Donaueschinger Musiktage or in the Frankfurter Hof Main. He was a guest artist in the famous American ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars.

 

 

 

 

 

VLADYSLAVA LUCHENKO | VIOLIN

From an early age, Vladyslava Luchenko developed a deep love for music and keenly desired to make it her life’s dedication. This spontaneously expressed wish was lovingly nurtured by her parents: just five years old, she received her first piano and violin lessons at the local music school. Her rapidly discovered perfect pitch connected with a rare innate musical intuition was developed immediately and attentively. With these unusual predispositions, Vladyslava was admitted at the age of seven to the Lysenko Music School for highly gifted children in Kiev, where she studied until 2006. After winning the first prize in an international competition, she made her solo debut at the age of 11 with the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra. With this early success; she attracted the attention of the Vladimir Spivakov Institution in Moscow and the corporation, Friends of Ukraine, in Switzerland. This support helped her continue to win numerous prizes from national and international violin and chamber music competitions and led to invitations to perform on concert tours in Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. A new tutor inspired the impulse which led to new achievements including first prize in the Duttweiler–Hug Wettbewerb (Zurich), second prize in the Concorso Internazionale Violinistico Andrea Postacchini (Fermo, Italy) and second prize in the Concours International de Violon Tibor Varga (Martigny, Switzerland), where she also won the Public Prize and the Special Prize for the best interpretation of a Bártok etude.

Recently Vladyslava performed as a soloist with the Ukrainian Radio Orchestra and State Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, and the Luzerner Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Orchestra Virtuosi Italiani and the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie in 2014.

Vladyslava Luchenko performs on Francesco Gobetti violin of 1710, on loan from a private collection.

 

CAMILLE SUBLET | PIANO

Swiss-French pianist Camille Sublet has won several prizes and has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Biel Solothurn, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Stadtorchester Solothurn. She has studied in Bern, Switzerland, with Tomasz Herbut, and in Brussels with Aleksandar Madzar. Her interest in contemporary music led to her work with Marta Kurtág and Wolfgang Rihm. She is a passionate chamber musician and Lied accompanist.

 

  • Posted on: June 17, 2021

Anything Goes: The Music of Cole Porter

*Programming subject to change*

The Billings Symphony Orchestra Chorale proudly teams up with the local talent of the Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective. Join Scott Jeppeson and his friends as they pay homage to legendary Cole Porter.

HEAR SOME OF COLE PORTER’S FAMOUS HITS!

Anything Goes, Miss Otis Regrets, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Just One Of Those Things, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, From This Moment On, Begin the Beguine, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, It’s Alright With Me, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

With special guests:

Hannah Jeppesen, vocals
Doug Nagel, vocals
Amy Schendel, vocals
Marie Smith, vocals

rockymountainjazzcollective.com

ROCKY MOUNTAIN JAZZ COLLECTIVE

The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective was created in 2019 by highly respected members of the jazz community in Montana. Through education outreach in the community and regular performance in an environment that is best suited for listening, the mission of the RMJC is to create greater awareness and appreciation for jazz music and history in the Rocky Mountain region.

RMJC aims to increase appreciation and awareness of jazz music through the performance of themed programs consisting of material with cultural and historical significance to the history and development of jazz.

SCOTT JEPPESEN | SAXOPHONE

Scott Jeppesen is an Assistant Professor of Music at MSU Billings teaching music theory, ear training, music history, jazz combo, and private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, and flute.

Scott is an alumnus of the University of Southern California where he earned Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Jazz Studies.

Prior to accepting the position at MSU Billings, Scott lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years. In that time, he performed with Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous, Shelly Berg, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Artie Shaw, Bob Mintzer, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Louis Bellson, Al Jarreau, Steve Miller, Randy Brecker, and James Moody … just to name a few. Scott has composed and arranged for many different artists including Steve Miller, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Dave Koz, Ledisi, Burt Bacharach, Monica Mancini, Scott Martin, and the PBS special, We Love Ella! A Tribute to Ella (Fitzgerald), which aired in the spring of 2007.

In 2009, he co-founded Cultivating Creative Minds along with his wife, Roxanne, to provide art instruction to elementary school-aged students throughout Santa Clarita, CA.

Scott has also performed clinics for many colleges, high schools, and middle schools around northern and southern California including the University of Southern California, Cal State University Sacramento, Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Sonoma, American River College, West Ranch High School, Canyon High School, and Saugus High School. In addition to clinics, Scott is in demand as a featured guest artist. In 2014, Scott was the featured artist with California State University Sacramento jazz ensembles where they performed the music of the Joe Henderson Big Band. In the same year, Scott was the guest artist for the SuperJazz at the Ranch festival in Stevenson Ranch, CA, where he performed a duo set with Russell Ferrante of the legendary Yellowjackets.

JOHN ROBERTS | TROMBONE

John began playing the piano at the age of 5 while living on an isolated ranch in Southeastern, Montana. At age 11, he picked up the trombone to play in the grade school band. After graduating in 1996 from MSU Billings with a BA in Music Performance, John moved to Los Angeles to earn his Master of Fine Arts in Western Orchestral Trombone Performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Feeling equally comfortable in orchestral and commercial music realms, John has toured, recorded, and performed in Los Angeles, around the U.S., and around the world, including Mexico, India, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, and Africa. Tours include Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca (Congolese/Cuban), Bobby Womack (Soul), Los Pinguos (Argentine), The Temptations, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and others. Other performances and recordings include multiple American and Latin Grammy concerts, Fallout Boy, Chris Botti, Feist, Sting, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra Jr., Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, The Ojays, Cher, Beverly Crawford, Christina Aguilera, NPR, PBS, Disney, and others.

After 17 years based in Los Angeles, John is now on staff at MSU Billings teaching jazz, music theory, low brass, and world music. He regularly works and performs as a clinician and guest artist in schools, continuing to hone his skills as an educator by sharing the ‘real world’ of music with his students.

John is active in Montana and Los Angeles performing and studio scenes as an arranger, bandleader, session player, and composer. Recent projects include Ricardo Lemvo’s new Cuban-West African album, Straight Outta Compton, and John’s own world-fusion record, Soul y Pimienta, which blends Cuban, African, and American soul and jazz elements.

When not dabbling in the world of music, John is likely found (or not found!) gallivanting about the mountains or prairie via foot, 4WD, skis, or mountain bike.

ERIK OLSON | PIANO

A native of Powell, Wyoming, Erik Olson has proven to be an exciting new addition to the Billings MT music scene. His talents as a pianist, woodwind specialist, composer, and educator have kept him busy performing in the Northwest region.

Having two musicians as parents, Erik took to music at a young age. He began taking piano lessons at 5 and was performing for crowds by the time he was 8. Upon entering high school, Erik quickly gained recognition as one of the best young musicians in the state and was already playing regularly with some of the most prominent performers in the rocky mountain region. During his secondary education at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming, and at the University of Wyoming, Erik won awards at numerous classical and jazz competitions around the country.

Erik plays in a number of well-known Montana groups, namely Parker Brown and the Bleeding Hearts, Alex Nauman Organ Trio, Kyle Shobe, and the Walk ’em Boys, The Walkers Trio, and The Big Sky Trio. He has also performed and recorded with various country, classical, funk, rock, R&B, hip hop, and soul groups around the area. At only 28 years old, Erik has performed with jazz legends Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Other notable artists he has performed with include Nick Mancini, Ronnie Bedford, Kansas, Dave Pietro, and Eric Reed.

In 2013, Erik accepted a position at Sheridan College as a piano and saxophone instructor, and is also one of the founders of Allied Music, well-known performing arts academy located in Billings. For the past 5 years, Erik has played and taught in and around the Billings area, helping to expand Montana’s music scene.

PARKER BROWN | BASS

Specializing in double bass, electric bass, and guitar, Parker Brown is a private instructor, songwriter, and freelance and studio musician.

At his private studio in Allied Music, he manages a full studio of bassists and guitarists with skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Parker also works as an adjunct faculty member at Rocky Mountain College and MSU Billings and performs with well-known projects in the region such as Parker Brown and the Bleeding Hearts, Big Sky Trio, Grant Jones Band, Whitney Center, Jazz Orchestra, Kyle Shobe and the Walk ’em Boys; Wordsongs with Poet Dave Caserio, and The Hellroaring.

As a freelance musician Parker has performed with jazz musicians Jeff Hamilton, Ronnie Bedford, Jack Walrath, John Stowell, Ronnie Blake, John Harbaugh, and Nick Mancini.

As a studio musician, Parker has recorded bass and guitar on over twenty albums, and his first solo album, We Were Young, won best album in 2016 for the Billings music awards.

 

ROXANNE JEPPESEN | PERCUSSION

Roxanne Jeppesen is a native of Northern California and received her BA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and MA from the University of Southern California (USC).

Roxanne has a K-12 Music Teaching Credential from the State of California. She has held K-12 music teaching positions, including Band Director for Burbank Unified School District and Band Director and General Music teacher for Sulphur Springs Union School District.

Roxanne is the President and founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization, Cultivating Creative Minds, which in 2019, employed 32 professional teaching artists who provided 45 minutes of arts instruction per week to over 5,000 students. Roxanne is currently a part time professor at MSUBillings and has taught Applied Drum-set, Enjoyment of Music, Percussion Pedagogy and Techniques, and K-12 Music Methods.

Roxanne studied drum-set performance with Billy Higgins, Dan Schnelle, Sherman Ferguson, Rick Lotter, and Stan Lunetta and has performed with many artists around California and Montana including Kenny Burrell, Barbara Morrison, Billy Higgins, Tom Rainer, Scott Jeppesen, Golden Oak Community Big Band, Magic City Jazz Orchestra, Billings Community Concert Band, Billings Studio Theater’s production of Evita, Billings Studio Theater’s production of Elf the Musical, Billings Studio Theater’s production of Mama Mia, Nova Center for Performing Arts production of Inside Out, Billings Studio Theater’s production of Young Frankenstein, 2nd Avenue Stompers, Reflections Band, Brickhouse Band, Delta Bound and Skyview High School’s Spring Pops Concerts.

Roxanne is an active member of the National Association for Music Education and the Montana Music Educators Association. She received an Honorary Award from the Sulphur Springs Union School District, a PTA Honorary Award, a Community Service Award from the Canyon Country Community Association, the Golden Apple Award from the Santa Clarita Valley Association of California School Administrators, the Max H. Gluck Foundation Award for Music Outreach, and was the Valedictorian of Rio Linda Senior High School

 

  • Posted on: June 5, 2021