The Hill Country Community Band was formed in 1990 as the Wimberley Community Band. Due to the rapid growth and expansion of the membership, the band’s name was changed to reflect the diverse membership from all over the central Texas area.
Our members range in age from 15 to 80+. Our concert season is year ’round. We begin rehearsals in the fall and go through the Fourth of July. We take a break for the rest of the summer and then resume rehearsals after Labor Day. At present, we rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm at Chapel in the Hills Church on RR 12 in Wimberley. Please feel free to stop in and listen.
We are always interested in recruiting new members. If you play or have played a wind or percussion instrument in high school band, you are eligible! Click HERE to complete the contact form and an officer of the band will contact you shortly.
The band is led by James Malik, Director of Bands at Wallace Middle School in Kyle. He is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music and pursued a Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. Professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educators Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Texas Bandmasters Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
HCCB Board of Directors
The Hill Country Community Band is governed by a board of directors. Officers are elected to a two year term by the band membership. Our officers for this session are:
President – Les Tucker
Vice President – Eddie Esparza
Secretary – Candace Bowman
Treasurer – Claire Marchant
At Large – Jennifer Godwin
Our membership consists of the following musicians:
Shirley Fraser, Pat Grimmer, Melissa Guth, Deanna Harrison∗, Gerin Hood
Joanna Millinor, Ivy Roland
Bob Grimmer, Amy Majors, Claire Marchant, Marjorie Prickett. Laura Tanner, Johnny Torres∗
Dixie Camp, Eduardo “Eddie” Esparza∗, Jennifer Locy, Brian VandeWalle
Bill Cox, Brian Duchscher, Jennifer Godwin, Tom Hastings, Randy Heaton∗, Tom Jenkins, Edward Rowe, Les Tucker
Judy Brittain, Ginger Dickson, Andrea Holweger, John Prickett∗
Darrell Anglin, Nick Rooch
Susie Cranford, Neal Mallard, Mark Williams∗
Matt Balboa, Tom McCormick
Valerie Chandler, Dan Stephens∗, Scott Tidwell, Sheila Wolf
∗ denotes Section Leader
REMEMBERING DICK CRANFORD
For several years, we enjoyed the privilege of having Dick Cranford and his wife Susie in our band. Dick passed away on August 29, 2017, at the age of 89.
A band director in San Antonio for 30 years at Alamo Heights and Northside Schools, Dick was also a composer, gifted arranger, and well-known performer spanning generations of musical styles. After retirement, he enjoyed the challenge of expanding his knowledge and skills to include Dixieland Jazz.
Dick began playing trumpet professionally at age 15. He was drum major at Brackenridge High School. Dick earned his BA and Master’s degrees in Music Education from North Texas State University in Denton, Texas. He served in the Army (1948-1952), playing in the 323rd Army Band, where some of his arrangements continue to be played today. He played for more than 35 years with the Rudy Carrasco Orchestra, 9 years with Alamo City Jazz Band and continued playing well into his 80s at various venues. He was proud of his association and contributions to community bands in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Boerne, in addition to the Hill Country Community Band, where his musical talents were greatly appreciated.