We have dates for our 2016/2017 concert series!

  • Wednesday November 9 - 40th Anniversary Celebration - Macky Auditorium
    Joint concert with the CU Symphonic Band, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday December 17 - Holiday Cheer - First Congregational Church,
    1128 Pine St, Boulder, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday March 4 - For the Child at Heart - First Congregational Church,
    1128 Pine Street, Boulder, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday May 6 - A Latin Fantasy - First Congregational Church,
    1128 Pine Street, Boulder, 7 p.m

"I am very excited to be joining the Boulder Concert Band this year as its director. Working with this dedicated group of musicians and community members to build on the strengths and traditions that trace their lineage back to the 1870s is an incredible honor and, as I found at our first concert together in August, making music with them is a great joy. We have a fun and energetic season planned with a diverse and interesting repertoire that will showcase the band's talents and skills, guest soloists of international stature, and a renewed commitment to community service as Boulder's Concert Band. We are also bringing the band into the heart of Boulder with our concert season planned at First Congregational Church on Broadway and Pine just one block north of Pearl Street Mall. This is going to be a fantastic year and we can't wait to share these concerts with you. See you soon!"

- Rafael Antonio Rodriguez, conductor and musical director, Boulder Concert Band

Rafael Antonio Rodriguez is the Boulder Concert Band's conductor and musical director.

"I am honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to make music with the wonderful musicians of the Boulder Concert Band as their new conductor," commented Rodriguez. "I look forward to many joyous musical experiences as we celebrate the band's 40th birthday and work to proudly represent our hometown of Boulder."

Rodriguez is currently attending the University of Colorado in Boulder as a teaching assistant in pursuit of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting. Mr. Rodriguez received graduate degrees in both Instrumental Conducting (M.M.) and in Education (M.Ed.) from universities in southern California in 2003 and 2005, respectively, and is a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He serves as Assistant Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic.

Born in Mexico, citizen of the USA, and resident of Costa Rica, Rodriguez has conducted professional bands and orchestras internationally. He is the second prize winner at the Black Sea Conducting Competition in 2012, and debuted in Europe with the Romanian National Opera Orchestra in Constanta in September 2013, returning to conduct in 2014. Rodriguez was selected as a 2015 Conducting Fellow with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and collaborates as a guest conductor with the National Bands of Costa Rica on a regular basis. He
debuted as a professional band conductor with the premiere Banda Nacional de San Jose in 2007.

Rodriguez recently returned from Lima as guest conductor and clinician for "FestiBandas," hosted by the Peruvian Association of Symphonic Band and Ensemble Directors (ASPEB) where he led the Air Force Band of Peru in concert along with the British-Peruvian Cultural Center Youth Orchestra. His work as a conductor and master teacher has taken him to Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, Honduras, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, and the USA. Notable performances have included sold-out shows at the Teatro Nacional de
Costa Rica, in the Sala Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico City, and at the Gran Teatro Nacional in Lima.

After attending "The Conductors Lab" in Aix-en-Provence, France, featuring an ensemble of ten musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic in 2012, Rodriguez hosted Fergus McWilliam, Horn player with the Berlin Philharmonic, for a week of master classes and concerts with the National Bands of Costa Rica, along with Dr. Thomas Verrier from Vanderbilt University.

Rafael's conducting studies include an ongoing collaboration with Italian maestro Alfredo Bonavera, 1969 winner of the prestigious Mitropoulos International Conducting Competition and assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic (1969 - 1970), as well as sessions with American maestro Carl St. Clair.

Check out our new Meet The Band section!


MeetTheBand

The Boulder Concert Band is looking for skilled and interested musicians for the following sections:

Percussion
Oboe
Bassoon

If you are a musician who is interested in playing with us and can play one of those instruments (or even if you play another instrument) please contact us for more information!