|Compton Heights Concert Band|
The Compton Heights Concert Band of St. Louis presents exciting, old-fashioned Sousa-style band concerts with world-class guest artists.
The main season is an outdoor Summer concert series Sunday Serenades & Musical Mondays. The Band also presents annual Memorial Day and December Holiday Pops. The Band has collaborated with many groups, including the "All American Alumni Band" in a Labor Day Concert 2019. The Band is pictured in Tower Grove Park. (Photo by L.T.Spence, Post-Dispatch)
The Band rehearses year-round in the former Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at Lafayette & Longfellow Place. See Built St. Louis for photos of this beautiful facility.
Featured Guest Artists -- See Guest Artists/Soloists
Kitty Swanger administrates the Band's Facebook page. To see Kitty in "Kitty's Kitchen" see Sweet & Sour MeatBalls
Video clips from the Band's 2016 Holiday concert at Powell Hall:
Hugh Smith and East Central College Combined Choirs in Ode to Joy 2016
Gina Galati in Ave Maria 2016
Bob Ellison, Baritone, in God Bless the USA 2016
The Band is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization.
Special Thanks to: The Orthopedic Center of St. Louis
The Band was founded in 1976 by Harry Swanger, President and Bassoonist. The Band is conducted by professional conductor Edward Dolbashian. The original conductor was Kaid Friedel who was a French Hornist in the St. Louis Symphony.
The Band appeared on its own TV show "Sunrise Serenades" which aired for a year on KMOV-TV, CBS Affiliate with Harry Swanger and the band mascot, Moosic! For an additional segment from that show featuring the late Johnnie Johnson, see "Sunrise Serenades - Johnnie Johnson". The band concert experience has been expressed to the public through music, words, and even by a plein air painter, BillyO . To read a vivid description of a summer concert, see The Sounds of Summer, written by Robert E. Knittel.
The Riverfront Times named Compton Heights Concert Band - Best Entertainment Value on a Hot Summer Evening.
Jim Sparks, Photographer