The award-winning Hot Springs Concert Band is preparing for its spring concert, scheduled for Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 pm at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village. This venue has been the primary and favorite indoor venue for the band ever since playing at the Grand Opening of the Ponce de Leon Center, Woodlands Auditorium over thirty years ago, on September 26, 1991.

Since then, the spring concert has become a long-standing annual event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village and a favorite of Villagers and the surrounding communities and is likely to sell out if past spring concerts are any indication. The Kiwanis Club has honored its long association with the Hot Springs Concert Band; a dedicated group of talented and seasoned musicians who for more than forty years has consistently performed memorable music programs in the Village and elsewhere. This association goes back many years. As a matter of fact and of history, this month marks the 30th anniversary of the Kiwanis Club’s first sponsorship of a Hot Springs Concert Band concert. It has been not only a long relationship but a fruitful one as well. The proceeds from these many years of concerts have revealed not only a strong love of music by concertgoers, but also their kindness, generosity, and loyalty to the band and their belief in the Kiwanis’ mission of serving the needs of children and youth in our area.

As with every spring concert, the Kiwanis Club will provide complimentary ice cream and toppings to all attendees which always contributes to the fun and festive nature of this concert. The treats will be served starting at 2:00 pm, preceding the concert.

The band’s Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Dr. Craig Hamilton has made an excellent selection of music for the concert. As is usual, there is something for just about everybody. Selections include Sea Songs, English Folk Song Suite, Rakoczy March, Selections from Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, West Side Story, Tijuana Brass in Concert, Travelin’ Music, Curtain Call, The Walking Frog, and American Barn Dance.

The band looks forward to making music for you and hopes you will join us for an enjoyable afternoon of ice cream, music, and camaraderie. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the following: Members of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Hot Springs Village; Members of the Hot Springs Concert Band, the Woodlands Auditorium Box Office between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm weekdays (501-922-4231); and through For more information, call 479-234-1311 or log on to

Jeff Olson, Publicity Director Hot Springs Concert Band, April 5, 2022

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