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New Band Schedule Upcoming Rehearsals (note: new location is Flathead High School)

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Current Music Director

Allen Slater- Flathead Community Band Music Director

Matt King - DirectorA Miles City Montana native, Allen Slater earned his bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montana and a Masters of Music Education from Vandercook College in Chicago. He retired in 2016 after 37 years of teaching high school bands in Montana, with the last 28 as the director of bands and the music department chairman at Flathead High School.

Mr. Slater has earned many awards during his teaching career including Arts Educator of the year in (1999), Two Gold Star Awards (2001, 2012), being listed in BOC magazine as one of 50 directors that make a difference (2007), selected by the National Federation of High Schools as the Outstanding Music Educator for sections 8, (Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Alaska and Montana) in 2013, Distinguished Service award (2016) given by the Montana Music Educators Association, and  chosen for the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Mr. Slater has appeared as a conductor, clinician, and adjudicator at events in Montana and Washington. Mr. Slater has conducted bands in Japan as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, in Europe with the Northern Ambassadors of Music and as a guest clinician for the ISB Band Festival in Bangkok. 

In addition to music, Mr. Slater enjoys golf and woodworking.


Matt King-Music Director 2011 - 2013

Matt King - DirectorOriginally hailing from the state of New York, Matthew King conducted the Director of the FVCB, as well as the Director of Bands at Stillwater Christian School in Kalispell, Montana.  Under his directorship at Stillwater, Matthew has the entire band program ranging from 4th grade to 12th grade, including 8 ensembles.   

Matthew received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Anderson University in central Indiana, and is an active tuba player.  He played with the Glacier Symphony, Brasswerks, and Bavarian Echoes. Matthew has also been featured with the Don Lawrence Orchestra.

At Stillwater, Matthew co-directs the Stillwater Music Festival held at the school yearly, and has taken his High School groups to music festivals in the region, including the Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival.  About one half of the High School is enrolled in band at Stillwater.

During his time outside of music, Matthew enjoys spending quality time with his wife, reading, hiking, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.


Hank Handford - Music Director 2004-2010

Hank Handford Conductor

A Kalispell native, Hank Handford assumed directorship of the FVCB in 2004. Mr. Handford received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, and is an active trombonist.

He is currently director of bands at Kalispell Jr. High School and performs locally with the Glacier Symphony, the Don Lawrence Orchestra, and the Bavarian Echoes.

He is also co-director of the Flathead Lake Music Camp. In 2003, he traveled to Germany and Austria with the Montana Trombone Chorale.

In his spare time, Mr. Handford enjoys movies, cooking and brewing beer.

John Laing - Music Director 1998-2003

John Laing

Earned a trumpet performance degree from University of Kansas.  Mr. Lange taught in Kalispell public school from 1988 till his retirement in 2004 and establish a wonderful trumpet studio with many of his students earning all-state honors and superior ratings.

Mr Laing was an active trumpet player in many groups including Brasswerks, Bavarian Echos,  and the Glacier Symphony Orchestra. He was also a staff member of the Flathead Lake Music Camp.  Mr Laing enjoys golfing and the outdoors.












Don Lawrence Director EmeritusDirector Emeritus--Don Lawrence: A living Montana musical leDon Lawrencegend, Don Lawrence was born in Loomis, SD on Dec. 27, 1929. He graduated from Flathead County High School in 1947, and received his B.A. in Music from the University of Montana. In 1975 he was awarded the Master of Music Degree from University of Idaho. Mr. Lawrence directed the high school bands in Columbia Falls, MT until his retirement in 1984. He was Director of the Flathead Valley Community Band from 1972 to 1997, and continues to play trombone in the band. An avid composer, Mr. Lawrence has also contributed at least two original compositions to the band's library. He leads the Bavarian Echoes German band, and the Don Lawrence Orchestra. He resides in Columbia Falls with wife Barbara.


All FVCB Conductors
40th Anniversary at Marantette Park-7/22/13
All five our the FVCB Conductors

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FVCB Board of Directors
(3 year terms)

President: Steven Holte (2019-21)
VP: Jennifer Hawkin (2019-21)
Member: Larry Visocan (2017-19)
Member: Jeanette Rehberg (2018-20)
Member: Brianne Fuzesy (2018-20)
Member: Mary Lupton (2020-22)
Member: Roberta Struck (2020-22)

Other Band Officers:

Secretary: Jenny Krueger
Treasurer/Librarian: Doug Hetrick

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Section Leaders

Instrument Coordinator Phone Email
Flute/Oboe Jenny Krueger 892-2480 jenny.krueger@plumcreek.com
Clarinet Maryruth Fallon 752-1490 maryruth@centurytel.net
Saxophone/ Horn Linda McDevitt 261-2122 lmcdevitt@centurytel.net
Trumpet Bud Ridenour 387-5917 mbridenour@montanasky.net
Low Brass Ben VanDyke 257-4616 bnjvandyke@montanasky.net
Percussion Heidi Holmquist 212-2145 scarleteyez@yahoo.com
Personnel Manager Jenny Krueger 892-2480 jenny.krueger@plumcreek.com
WebMaster Cathryn Lai 862-5457 webmaster@fvcband.com

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Band Members

Band Members To see a PDF file with a picture of each band member, by section, click here. (PDF file is 7MB)




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Handbook & Policies

For a copy of the Flathead Valley Community Band Handbook & Policies click here.

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