Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

The Compton Heights Concert Band

Posted in photography by Jason Gray on June 29, 2009


All Nikon D100 with 50mm f/1.8D lens attached.

For over 30 years, the Compton Heights Concert Band has been providing St. Louis with an authentic American Concert Band experience, reminiscent of those popular late in the 19th century.  They’ve made their residence in South City, and Tower Grove Park’s Music Stand is their welcome stomping ground.  On this night, I caught the band playing a concert that was to culminate with Tschaikowsky’s “Overture 1812”, complete with real cannon fire.  Although this piece of music was not written for the American Fourth of July, it has been re-appropriated for it, but is seldom accompanied by actual cannons.

So, this was a rare occasion indeed!19


The crowd:


Unfortunately, I didn’t get to stay all the way until the cannon fire, but I did get to meet the brigade’s commander, Randy Baehr, who invited me to join his company!  Captain Baehr seemed like a nice guy, and I am sure that fighting alongside him on history’s battlefields would have been an inimitable experience.  Alas, the Civil War era cameras would have been too cumbersome for my tastes.  Here is a photo of Baehr anyway:


And finally, one last, patriotic shot of the bandstand.



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  1. Kitty Swanger said, on September 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Jason, what wonderful photos! Thank you so much for sharing them with our “fans”.

  2. jasongrayfineartist said, on September 10, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Sure, Kitty! No problem. I will definitely be back to take some more in 2010!

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