Russ-Town Band seeks new members

The Russ-Town Band, a Ruston-based volunteer community band, is seeking new members to join the

The community band is inviting interested individuals with prior musical instrument experience to join
the band. Members range from high school students to retirees. All musical ranges are represented
among the group, from those that played in high school to those that went on to become professional
musicians and even some former and current band directors. Some members travel as far as
Shreveport to participate. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Louisiana Tech
University Band Building.

There is no formal audition, but prospective members must be able to perform Grade 3 level music.

“The Russ-Town Band has a long history of providing a musical outlet for Ruston, Lincoln Parish, and
the Northeast Louisiana area,” said Conductor Dr. Chris Heidenreich.

“As we reboot the band, we are seeking adult instrumental musicians with previous experience and
an interest in performing in the community throughout the year who might be interested in playing
now and in the future.”

The Russ-Town Band has a Patriotic Concert planned for Saturday, June 24 at 4pm in the Ruston High
School Auditorium, 900 Bearcat Dr, Ruston, LA 71270.

The theme for this year’s concert is “Sweet Land of Liberty”, with several marches showcasing great
patriotic music and our Armed Forces. The Band will also feature a tribute to Artie Shaw with
Lawrence Gibbs on clarinet.

The Russ-Town Band was formed in 1993, with it’s first concert in the following year. The band has
typically performed 2-3 concerts a year, with plans to increase the number of concerts per year
beginning in 2024.

For more information about The Russ-Town Band and its membership drive, contact Dr. Chris
Heidenreich, Conductor, at You can also visit and Russ-
Town Band on Facebook.