The Heartland Concert Band is a volunteer service organization of musicians from throughout the 4-state region (Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas) who are dedicated to the tradition of community instrumental music.
Membership is open to adult and teen wind and percussion musicians capable of reading musical scores. No audition is required. Interested persons are encouraged to report to rehearsals at 7:00 pm each Thursday on the auditorium stage at the Memorial Education Center, 825 Pearl Ave, in Joplin, MO.
Aaron Power has been involved in music making his entire life, and is having a great time as conductor of the Heartland Concert Band.
A native of El Reno, Oklahoma, he is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, holding a BME in Instrumental Music with an emphasis in saxophone performance. He previously served as Band Director for the Drumright Public Schools in Oklahoma and is currently employed by the Joplin School District.
In 2017, Aaron performed Bernhard Heiden's Diversion for Saxophone & Band as soloist with the HCB. He was recently appointed by Conductor Emeritus Vicki Mays as Conductor for the band's 2019-2020 season.
Aaron lives in Joplin with his wife Donna and their three sons.
Joplin native Vicki Mays was well-known to area audiences. A graduate of Missouri Southern State University, she enjoyed a long and varied career as a music educator throughout the 4-State region and beyond, including work in the Columbus, KS schools, the Jasper & Carl Junction, MO Schools, and Seattle, Washington.
During the 1990's, Vicki was assistant conductor of the Carthage Community Band, and was tapped as Conductor of the HCB in 2003. Under her tenure the band grew both in size and in musical maturity, performing for hundreds of persons annually for nearly two decades.
Vicki passed away in March, 2020 after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband Lyle.