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.

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

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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

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.
 
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  • Posted on: September 23, 2020

29th Annual Strawberry Festival

Located in the streets of downtown Billings, the Strawberry Festival is a long-time cherished community event that opens the summer season. In the heart of our urban center, experience rich diversity in arts and crafts, the scents of food-truck fare from Asian to BBQ, live street entertainment, over 90 merchants, live street entertainment, and a 60-foot long strawberry shortcake create by the Chefs and Cooks Association of Montana. With an interactive children’s area including free crafts and activities for all ages, this event draws people throughout the northwest region to Downtown Billings under Skypoint at 2nd Ave N. and Broadway.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 8/5/2020

The 29th Annual Strawberry Festival, currently scheduled for Sunday, September 13, has officially been cancelled. Unfortunately, the Global COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a public health and safety issue.

The annual festival is coordinated by the Downtown Billings Alliance (DBA), an organization made up of multiple nonprofits that promote and advocate for a vital city center through programmatic and place-making elements like event management, public art, green space development, business development, and downtown beautification projects.

Our mission as a non-profit is to act in the best interest of our downtown business community. We do not want to do anything to make a hard situation harder on the currently open downtown businesses or jeopardize their ability to remain open and operational. Additionally, Montana remains in stage 2 of the Governor’s economic re-opening stages, and stage 2 limits the size of gatherings where physical distancing cannot be maintained throughout. We believe monitoring attendance numbers and physical distancing would be extremely challenging for an event like this. This choice did not come easily however we feel this is the best decision for our downtown community and for the continued efforts to do our part to slow the spread of the virus.

We thank you for your support and understanding.


2020 vendor Application – CLOSED

Volunteer for this event

Event Resources

Coming Soon

  • Strawberry Festival Map
  • Skypoint Entertainment Line-up
Do you have additional questions regarding the Strawberry Festival? Please contact our Event Director, Lindsay Richardson and she’ll be happy to assist.

  • Posted on: September 13, 2020

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Babcock

“Oompa loompa doompety dock, We’ve got a classic at the Babcock”
One of cinema’s greatest star-turning performances, Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka elevated Roald Dahl’s chocolatier to a larger than life presence! The Babcock invites you to get your own golden ticket to relive this childhood favorite again on the big screen in a magical adventure through the greatest candy creator’s factory of wonderment.
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
  • Posted on: August 28, 2020

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure | Nostalgia Night(s) at the Babcock

The 80s were a fun and strange time to be a kid, and you need look no further than the oddly lovable and eccentric weirdo Pee-Wee Herman to be convinced of this. In his first feature film, Tim Burton took Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman’s man-child character on a quest across America to find his stolen bicycle, with plenty of memorable antics along the way. This Nostalgia Night(s), celebrate 35 years of Pee-Wee and the strange impact he left on our collective childhood.
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
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  • Posted on: August 27, 2020

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure | Nostalgia Night(s) at the Babcock

The 80s were a fun and strange time to be a kid, and you need look no further than the oddly lovable and eccentric weirdo Pee-Wee Herman to be convinced of this. In his first feature film, Tim Burton took Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman’s man-child character on a quest across America to find his stolen bicycle, with plenty of memorable antics along the way. This Nostalgia Night(s), celebrate 35 years of Pee-Wee and the strange impact he left on our collective childhood.
Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
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  • Posted on: August 26, 2020

Casablanca at the Babcock Theatre

A classic romance set in and filmed during World War II, the all-time favorite Casablanca is coming to The Babcock as a black and white throwback feature! Starring Humphrey Bogart as exiled American and former freedom fighter and night club owner Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, his former lover. Passion and tensions rise as Rick struggles to decide whether or not he should help Ilsa and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco to safety. A must-see for film buffs!

Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
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  • Posted on: August 13, 2020

Casablanca at the Babcock Theatre

A classic romance set in and filmed during World War II, the all-time favorite Casablanca is coming to The Babcock as a black and white throwback feature! Starring Humphrey Bogart as exiled American and former freedom fighter and night club owner Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, his former lover. Passion and tensions rise as Rick struggles to decide whether or not he should help Ilsa and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco to safety. A must-see for film buffs!

Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
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  • Posted on: August 12, 2020

Casablanca at the Babcock Theatre

A classic romance set in and filmed during World War II, the all-time favorite Casablanca is coming to The Babcock as a black and white throwback feature! Starring Humphrey Bogart as exiled American and former freedom fighter and night club owner Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, his former lover. Passion and tensions rise as Rick struggles to decide whether or not he should help Ilsa and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco to safety. A must-see for film buffs!

Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
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  • Posted on: August 9, 2020

Casablanca at the Babcock Theatre

A classic romance set in and filmed during World War II, the all-time favorite Casablanca is coming to The Babcock as a black and white throwback feature! Starring Humphrey Bogart as exiled American and former freedom fighter and night club owner Rick Blaine, and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, his former lover. Passion and tensions rise as Rick struggles to decide whether or not he should help Ilsa and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco to safety. A must-see for film buffs!

Please note there will be safety guidelines to follow, and we will be limiting seating to 200 per screening.
GET TICKETS NOW
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  • Posted on: August 8, 2020