A great fanfare for Music Festival

Photo by Gerald Davidson The crowds were plentiful.

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