The Wimberley Valley Big Band is a 21-piece ensemble consisting of volunteer musicians ranging in age from 16-90, who love to play big band era music as well as light jazz. As a part of the Hill Country Community Band, we enjoy non-profit status and offer many free concert/dances to the Wimberley community as well as assisting in local fundraisers and other events.
If you like to listen to the Big Band sounds of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich, and others, or if you like to dance, come to one of our upcoming concert/dances.
If you or your organization would be interested in having the band play at an event, please contact our director, Doug Gillory (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss.
If you would like to donate to support our group and promote this type of music in the Wimberley area, please use the Donate button on the Supporters page and note “Jazz Band” on the “special instructions to the seller” line. We could not provide this musical opportunity without the support of the community.
We have exciting news!
Following the glamorous dance on New Year’s Eve at which we rocked in the New Year, and the lively Mardi Gras party/dance in March, we will continue to bring the joy and fun of Big Band music to Wimberley again in a new and exciting venue!
Years ago Wimberley folks attended concerts, crawfish boils, and other fun events at the stage area behind the Cypress Creek Café.
Well, the current owners are making that stage and large concrete “dance floor” and beautiful grassy lawn available to us for a beautiful outdoor musical experience!
Come and join us as we play our signature blend of old and new Big Band music under the beautiful stars.
The Backstage Dance/Party will be on June 1 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Backstage area behind the former Cypress Creek Café, weather permitting!
This is a Free Admission Dance/Party, but Donations to your local non-profit Wimberley Valley Big Band are always welcomed!
At least one food truck is slated to be on hand in the parking lot, and you are invited to bring your coolers, drinks, and bug spray. There are NO CHAIRS AT THE SITE so bring your lawn chairs or blankets!
Gates will open at 5 pm but the music won’t start until 5:30 and will continue until 8:30 or dark, weather permitting.
Entrance to the area is through the back gate which you access by turning off RR12 onto Blue Heron Run, then right onto Oak Drive into the public parking lot.
The damaged areas of the former Cypress Creek Café will be fenced off; the grass mowed; and the area as safe as we can make it. We will respect the owners’ property by not crossing fenced areas.
We hope to you see you for this new offering under the Wimberley stars!
Wimberley Rings in 2019
by Pat Gillory, published in The Wimberley View January 10, 2019
The Wimberley Community Center was transformed into a uptown gala for Wimberley Valley residents to ring in the new year. On December 31, over 130 people gathered in their “Wimberley dress-up” clothes to dance, listen to great big band music, visit with old friends, and snack their way towards midnight. The dance floor filled quickly with celebrants enjoying the music and the décor while the Wimberley Valley Big Band, under the direction of Doug Gillory, played the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Les Brown…music that never gets old.
Party-goers entered through a glittering golden doorway framed by a balloon arch to a sparkling room full of black, white, silver, and gold. Many tables had lighted canopies over them, creating intimate party nooks that were still open to the music and the dancing. Snacks and setups were accented by a giant balloon bottle of champagne pouring out 2019. Other entertainment at the party included a hilarious conducting contest and giant balloon fish floating among the patrons. Intriguing party-goers as they arrived, a giant, glittering gold armadillo hung suspended to the right of the Big Band, waiting for the magical stroke of 12 to drop and signal the end of 2018 before the traditional singing of “Auld Lang Syne” and a complimentary champagne toast.
The First Annual Hometown New Year’s Eve Celebration and Dance was a great success, enjoyed by all who attended. The Wimberley Valley Big Band is a non-profit, all-volunteer, 21-piece group, dedicated to bringing the enjoyment of “big band” music to the Wimberley Valley. The Band was assisted in putting on this party by a group of loyal, hardworking volunteers, and through the support of the Wimberley Community Center and the Wimberley Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Wimberley Village Library who sold tickets.
For upcoming events, visit www.hillcountrycommunityband/jazzband or email the Band at email@example.com, or follow us on Facebook at Wimberley Valley Big Band.