A great fanfare for Music Festival

The 51st Red Lodge Music Festival came to a close with great fanfare. The student concerts on Sunday were played to a full house at the Civic Center. Parents, friends, and music lovers heard students play in 5 separate bands or orchestras lead by Luis Millan, Chris Dickey, and Torrey Lawrence.

This year the Festival honored Bob Moran, who passed away Nov. 10, 2013. Bob was one of the original founders of the Red Lodge Music Festival and helped celebrate the 50th anniversary in June of 2013. Ken Gilstrap, Board President of the RLMF recalls that Moran was “on his list of one of the greatest people I’ve ever known.”

“He played French horn in the Carbon County Band, and by 1963 started the Music Festival. He had Aspen-like visions, got rehearsal space and accommodations and enthusiastical ly handled al l the details.”

In his haste to start the Music Festival, Gilstrap recalls Moran accidentally advertising it a day early and the orchestra scrambling to get ready.

“We presented the first concert without a rehearsal,” Gilstrap said.

Robert Levy, former instructor at the RLMF noted, “Bob was one of a kind and will be greatly missed.”

Moran was instrumental in the success of the camp growing from 9 students to the 204 students who are attending the Festival this year. For the past 50 years, 7,000 students have participated in this camp.

Students, faculty and staff, and music lovers attending the concerts had a great week. The weather could have been nicer but it did not dampen the atmosphere at the Festival where faculty performed 5 concerts for the public, students performed jazz, classic pieces and improvisational work, and everyone had a great time listening to music in the mountains. For more photos please click link

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 1:00pm
    Long, cold winter getting you down? Get out of the house and join the fun on Sunday afternoon for Bingo to help the homeless pets of Carbon County. Be there for Beartooth Humane Alliance Bingo, Sunday, Feb. 25, from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Red Lodge Elks Club.
  • Monday, February 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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    Open 2nd and 4th Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. 206 N ‘D’ Street. More info 662-1060.
  • Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.