Do you have a band instrument that gathers dust in your closet? Or are you looking for a place to perform more? Then the West Jordan City Band is your new home away from home. The band provides members a way to become involved and provides a civic service for the community. The band rehearses each Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in West Jordan City Hall. Your support for the Band and the Arts in West Jordan is welcome.
The West Jordan Concert Band began in the spring of 1991. The organizers were Terry Holzworth and Diane Ward. They initially ran it through the Adult Continuing Education System. It later became a part of West Jordan City and then the Cultural Arts of West Jordan.
The director was Julie Christopherson, who was also the band director for West Jordan High School. She encouraged students and graduates to become involved in the West Jordan Concert Band. They joined community members of all ages. Performances included the 4th of July parade, the bowery, and the Midvale Town Days. They also performed at the West Jordan Spring and Christmas concerts.
Because the program ran through the education system, the first members had to pay to be involved and bring their music stands.
In the fall of 1991, Wayne Jacobson joined and became the band's librarian. A donation of music came from Bingham High School Band. Wayne spent many hours organizing the music. He coordinated music that was checked in and out to band members. Wayne also added descriptions to all the musical scores.
The band's suit coat uniforms were donated by ERA Realty and worn with black pants or skirts with white shirts. During the summer, the group wore jeans, white golf shirts, and the West Jordan Logo ballcap.
The band's next conductor was Rex Bailey, who traveled from Kaysville for the weekly rehearsals in West Jordan.
In 1998 Elaine Crane encouraged the band to start up again after a short hiatus. The city supported the group with grant money to get chairs, stands, music, and some instruments. Dellane Jessop of the West Jordan Arts Council volunteered to direct the band and led it until July 2019. Then in the fall of 2020, Jen Worthen took over as band director. She also teaches band in the Jordan School District.
The band currently has spring and fall concerts and the July 4th Patriotic Concert with the West Jordan Stampede.