THE HEIGHTS CONCERT BAND was founded in 1976 by its conductor, Carlton R. Morris. Since that time, the band has enjoyed a reputation for presenting highly entertaining programs. A typical program includes military marches, overtures, Broadway show tunes, solos, trios and popular songs.
In 1979, the band began a series of annual activities known as the "Mid-Winter Music and Arts Festival". Starting with one local high school band in a shared concert on a Sunday afternoon, the event grew over the years. In 1985, the Seventh Annual "Mid-Winter Music and Arts Festival" was host to over twenty different groups and over 500 individual performers. All of the programs were videotaped and broadcast over KNCT-TV, Channel 46. Over the years, through the "Festival" and other activities, The Heights Concert Band has been host to many prominent soloists and conductors. These include such names as Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF Band, Washington D.C.; Col. John R. Bourgeois Head Conductor and Major. Charles P. Erwin, Assistant Conductor, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band; Dr. William D. Revelli, Director Emeritus, University of Michigan Bands; Dr. Frederick Fennell, Eastman Wind Ensemble; Dr. Leonard B. Smith, Detrit Concert Band. Soloists have included Charles P. Erwin, who for eighteen years before becoming Assistant Conductor, was solo cornetist with the Marine Band; Dr. Tamas Ungar, head of the peano department, Texas Christian Univeristy; Mr. James Erdman, former trombone soloist with The United States Marine Band; and Dale Underwood, Alto Saxophone soloist with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. (read more)