In 1961, a group of grown-up friends were sitting around talking about their days growing up. Some reminisced about music experiences they wanted to re-live. Others said they never had a chance to play music as children but would love to try as adults. The talk soon turned into action. Several of them got instruments, and Dr. James DeRoos and Harold and Viola Topping approached Stan Limburg of Denver Christian High School to lead and teach them.
These dedicated founding members overcame a lot of obstacles during the early years. They lost their rehearsal facilities and then Limburg left. However, the musicians solved these problems in some novel ways. For example, they found another teacher to conduct, and they turned their home basements into rehearsal space. At one time the 20-member band even rehearsed in the reception area of Dr. DeRoos medical clinic!
As the mid-sixties came, the band continued to change rehearsal facilities and conductors, but it also started to grow in size and in popularity. The newfound success meant the band needed to get a little more sophisticated on the business side. They changed their name from “The South Denver Community Band” to the current name “The Denver Concert Band, Inc.” They also became a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and created a board of directors to run the band.
Besides all the legal changes, 1968 was also a musical turning point for the band. Under the guidance of Frank Parce, the DCB performed its first formal concert at Grant Junior High School in Denver. For the 32 musicians in the band, it was a dream come true. That summer, the band also added a full schedule of “Summer Pops” concerts at Washington Park.
As the 60s turned into the 70s, the band started gaining respect around the city by performing for some very prestigious events. In 1972, the DCB was the first adult band to be invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Conference (CMEA) in Colorado Springs. And in 1975, the DCB performed for Governor Lamm’s inauguration at the State Capitol. The band also started giving back to the community that embraced them. In 1977, the band created the “Young Artist” Scholarship Competition to encourage high school seniors to pursue music performance careers.
The band also performed charity concerts around the city. In 1979, they performed a benefit concert for four young boys who were severely burned in a Sheridan gas explosion. And in 1981, the DCB performed a benefit concert for the Cambodian Relief Fund.
In 1986, during its 25th Anniversary year, the band was 70 members strong and thriving. That year, they became the first community band to perform for state music educators at the national convention of The American Bandmasters Association.
As the 80’s turned into the 90’s, the band continued to grow in strength and musicianship. The band had found a home at the Central Presbyterian Church. And the conductors helped shape the eclectic musical style that current fans now love. Wayne Bailey (now at Arizona State University) and Michael Schaff (now at New York University) both brought a strong professional discipline to the band, and current maestro Jacinda Bouton introduced a worldly musical flair.
Now in its 60th year, the band regularly performs in front of thousands of Coloradans every year. The band rehearses each Monday evening at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree, CO 80124. During the formal concert season, the band presents three to four concerts of fine quality consisting of serious, original compositions for winds and transcriptions from symphonic literature. The DCB has dedicated its spring concert to the Young Artist Competition and awards $2,500 to the winner along with the opportunity to perform as a soloist with the band during that concert. In the summer, the band demonstrates the same fine musical standards playing summer-in-the-park concerts throughout Colorado and neighboring states.
Jacinda Bouton has been the Music Director of the Denver Concert Band (DCB) since 1997. She is also the founding Conductor of the Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra and is an active conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Jacinda feels fortunate to have conducted these ensembles in over thirty guest artist concerts with members of the Colorado Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many other nationally and internationally renowned soloists. In addition, Ms. Bouton has also previously directed the Denver Municipal Band during the summer season.
Jacinda has directed the DCB on international concert tours to the British Isles in 1998 and France and Germany in 2004. She also directed the DCB in two appearances at the Association of Concert Bands national convention in Fairfax, VA in 2002 and Houston, TX in 2009. Jacinda has served as Co-Director of the Breckenridge Music Institute’s Summer Music Camp, was Director of the Denver Junior Police Band taking an active role in the rebirth of this Denver institution, and for many years was Director of Instrumental Music at George Washington High School in the Denver Public Schools. Jacinda is a cum laude graduate of Southwest Missouri State University with an emphasis in Music Education, receiving certification in both instrumental and choral areas.