Anything Goes: The Music of Cole Porter

*Postponed from October 10th*

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.


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


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 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 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.


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.


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 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

Downtown Invests in Smart Design + Safer Space Program to Increase Public Safety

Smart Design + Safer Space is a crime prevention program created through a partnership of the Downtown Billings Alliance, the Billings Chamber of Commerce, and the Billings Police Department that seeks to complement and enhance the City of Billings’ priority to increase public safety. Billings Chamber of Commerce employee Daniel Brooks and Downtown Billings Alliance employee Joe Stout have completed 64 hours of training with the National Institute of Crime Prevention (NICP) to receive the CPTED Professional Designation (CPD). The Billings Chamber and DBA’s investment will contribute to the city’s overall efforts to address Billings’ ever-changing crime prevention and public safety needs. 

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED, is a crime prevention technique that decreases opportunities for inappropriate or abnormal use and increases the chances that other users will see inappropriate activity. CPTED goes beyond traditional security methods by naturally integrating security measures into the built environment. While the concept of CPTED is multi-faceted, the safe design is based upon four principals:


Surveillance is supported by the placement of physical features, activities, and people in a way that maximizes visibility. Easily surveilled environments are created by designing landscapes that allow clear and unobstructed views of surrounding areas, improving visibility with lighting or transparent building materials, avoiding lighting that creates glare or shadows, and to avoid creating areas of entrapment or concealment. Additionally, good quality lighting that provides optimal color rendering makes a space seem more visible and provides increased witness potential.

Smart design safe places


Territorial reinforcement describes the physical attributes used to express ownership, such as fencing, pavement treatments, signage, and landscaping. Territorial reinforcement increases feelings of territorial behavior and a sense of ownership by both the operators of the site or facility and everyday users. 



Users are physically guided through a space by the strategic design of streets, sidewalks, building entrances, and landscaping. Access control is achieved by ensuring that entrances are visible, well lit, and overlooked by windows. For example, clearly defining entryways, controlling access points to a site, highlighting the main entrance, marking public walkways and paths, and having a comprehensive wayfinding system. These methods will establish a natural access control that puts all users at ease and makes any abnormal use of a facility obvious. 

Clear access control


Maintenance allows for the continued use of a space for its intended purpose and may be performed on both man-made improvements and natural or planned landscaping. Maintenance serves as an additional expression of ownership, demonstrating to potential abnormal users a sense of pride of ownership and surveillance. Well performed maintenance prevents the reduction of visibility from landscaping overgrowth and or inoperative lighting.

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

All four of these concepts come together to create “defensible space.”  When a space is defensible, it shows that an owner, tenant, business owner, or property manager is interested in maintaining proper and intended use of the space or facility as designed. If the space is, or appears to be, “undefended,” abnormal users perceive an increased opportunity for unwanted or inappropriate use, which may include committing crimes. These crimes can be crimes of opportunity or crimes planned around opportunities seen in a space or facility. Examples include breaking into a concealed car that normal users cannot easily see or waiting in an unlit area for a target car or victim. Owners or managers may consult with a CPTED professional to evaluate these factors and others to address any changes to improve the defensibility of the space.

These principles work because abnormal users avoid committing crimes when they feel normal users of a space are observing them. The perception of surveillance is nearly as important as actual surveillance to decrease the abnormal user’s comfort with the undesired behavior. 

CPTED has been criticized for its tendency to exclude all but “legitimate users” of a space, especially public spaces, unfairly targeting low income or homeless people. Some critics see CPTED concepts walking hand in hand with gentrification. This genuine concern must always be kept in mind when implementing crime prevention principles. The object should not be “target hardening” or implementing an “urban fortress model” (bars on windows, gated communities, privacy walls, unfriendly security fence), but instead should focus on decreasing the opportunities for inappropriate use of a space and the opportunity to commit a crime. Pushing crime to a different area is not a solution, and as such, CPTED principles are most effective when put into effect at a larger scale in a community. Activation of any space is the best deterrent to crime, while displacement may create the opposite effect. An overall reduction of crime in the area is the ultimate goal. If an individual is prone to commit only crimes of opportunity, this result is positive for all, including possible abnormal users. 

An essential but often overlooked aspect of safe neighborhood design is the proper activation of the space within and by the community. The property or facility’s social aspects can include whether any public areas, such as green space or meeting rooms, are open during all hours or operating hours only. Many schools allow playground use during evenings and weekends, which creates a sense of community ownership, which helps maintain a safe environment. Churches have evening meeting spaces for groups not necessarily associated with the church that keep the building active during off-hours, deterring unsafe or illegal activities. Any steps to include a larger part of the community other than just the most basic intended users activate the space that fosters community pride and keeps the site occupied for longer, and will reduce both the perception and actual occurrence of crime. 

Public art, traffic calming, transit connectivity, and parks are vital parts of the proper use of CPTED models. Public art plays many vital roles, including demonstrating ownership of a space, showing civic pride through engagement with local artists, and drawing attention to overlooked areas that once served as common locations for undesired behavior. Traffic calming contributes to making a space more appealing to foot traffic, bringing more “eyes” to an area. Transit connectivity performs a similar role, helping with the area’s walkability. Since car traffic is not perceived as surveillance by many possible abnormal users, the more pedestrian traffic, the better. 

Proper, effective, widespread implementation of a program involving CPTED benefits all parts of the community. A reduction in crime leads to decreased law enforcement spending, an improved sense of community, additional tax revenue from activated local businesses, and increased property values. A vibrant, active community is shown to lead to improved mental and physical health of residents and longer life expectancy. This can become a snowball effect where a newly vibrant area becomes safer, thus becoming more activated, further increasing the quality of life in a neighborhood or city.

holly days

This packed 4 days of downtown holiday happenings is put together for you to enjoy! There will be holiday specials, community engaging art to see, dinner and drink special menu items, and Christmas cheer at locations all over downtown.

Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6

Here’s a poem we wrote for you:

We are spreading out our holiday cheer over more than just one night this year.
The new snowflakes will light up a number of streets,
Brockel’s Chocolates, Big Dipper, and Veronika’s will have holiday treats.
After you meet your accountant, banker, chiropractor, or lawyer,
Swing over to a local brewer and they’ll pour you a fresh Scotch Ale, IPA or Sour.
Or if coffee’s your thing you have plenty of options,
before you hit the streets for some local shopping.
Once you’ve found something for everyone on your list,
It’s time to refuel and our downtown restaurants in our opinion are the best.
So who needs one night when you can do this all winter?
Our downtown businesses thank you, and think you’re a winner!

– Please do not attend if you are feeling sick or have a fever.
– Please do not congregate around crosswalks, sidewalks, inside or outside of businesses.
– There are 3 hand wash stations located downtown for public use. (Broadway & 1st Ave N, Broadway between 2nd & 3rd Ave N, and 3rd Ave N & N. 27th Street)

Attending Holly Days downtown is FREE and open to the public!

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the Holly Days Facebook Event or view our Events Calendar for the best list of all the fun things happening each day.

Downtown Billings businesses have committed to being a Clean & Safe place for the community to come while practicing proper COVID-19 public safety measures.

– 😷 Face Mask (required inside all businesses including restaurants until you are seated)
– 🧼 Hand sanitizer (All locations with Clean & Safe signage have hand sanitizer available for their customers to use)
– There are 3 hand wash stations located downtown for public use. (Broadway & 1st Ave N, Broadway between 2nd & 3rd Ave N, and 3rd Ave N & N. 27th Street)

Do you have something going on at your downtown business the weekend of December 3rd – 6th? If not we encourage you to add something fun to your plans that weekend. Click the button below 👇 to submit your Crazy Days Weekend participation details.

Submit Your Holly Days Participation 

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Stay up to date on all future DBA events by checking out our calendar.

  • Posted on: December 3, 2020

Farmers Market at Real Deals

The Martinsdale Hutterite Colony will be set-up in the Real Deals – Billings, MT parking lot located at 2525 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Billings from 8am to 1pm beginning on Saturday – July 18th until further notice and bringing all their fabulous produce!! 🥒🌽🍅🍠🥔🥕

  • Posted on: October 3, 2020

Farmers Market at Real Deals

The Martinsdale Hutterite Colony will be set-up in the Real Deals – Billings, MT parking lot located at 2525 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Billings from 8am to 1pm beginning on Saturday – July 18th until further notice and bringing all their fabulous produce!! 🥒🌽🍅🍠🥔🥕

  • Posted on: September 26, 2020

Clueless | Nostalgia Night(s) at the Babcock

The hilarious throwback Clueless turns 25 this year! And we’re bringing it back big time with two Nostalgia Night screenings at the Babcock! A retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma with Beverly Hills flair, this breakout role for Alicia Silverstone captured the high school experience and brought it into the 90s with the largest of phones, the brightest of fashion, and the agelessness of Paul Rudd. This is a trip down memory lane you won’t want to miss!
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
  • Posted on: September 23, 2020

Farmers Market at Real Deals

The Martinsdale Hutterite Colony will be set-up in the Real Deals – Billings, MT parking lot located at 2525 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Billings from 8am to 1pm beginning on Saturday – July 18th until further notice and bringing all their fabulous produce!! 🥒🌽🍅🍠🥔🥕

  • Posted on: September 19, 2020

Farmers Market at Real Deals

The Martinsdale Hutterite Colony will be set-up in the Real Deals – Billings, MT parking lot located at 2525 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Billings from 8am to 1pm beginning on Saturday – July 18th until further notice and bringing all their fabulous produce!! 🥒🌽🍅🍠🥔🥕

  • Posted on: September 12, 2020

Farmers Market at Real Deals

The Martinsdale Hutterite Colony will be set-up in the Real Deals – Billings, MT parking lot located at 2525 Minnesota Avenue in Downtown Billings from 8am to 1pm beginning on Saturday – July 18th until further notice and bringing all their fabulous produce!! 🥒🌽🍅🍠🥔🥕

  • Posted on: September 5, 2020

American Graffiti at the Babcock

Where were you in ’62?

Join us Labor Day Weekend at the Babcock for George Lucas’ ode to classic cars and classic songs with American Graffiti! For those that miss all festivities of Burn the Point this year, you can still catch all the cruisin’ with Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, and a very young and unknown Harrison Ford! A teen dramedy that still entertains, this is one night of innocence captured in a powerful work of art.  Don’t miss it, one weekend only at the historic Babcock!

Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
  • Posted on: September 4, 2020