Music festival returns to Ranch

Civic Green Park to host concert bands, swing, more

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The Highlands Ranch Concert Band will perform on May 17 and 18 at the Ninth Annual Music Arts Festival in Civic Green Park.

The active Highlands Ranch Concert Band stages its Ninth Annual Music Arts Festival on May 17 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and May 18 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Civic Green Park, 9370 Ridgeline Blvd., Highlands Ranch.

Jazz and swing music is planned for May 17 and a concert plus symphonic music on May 18.

Included are the sponsoring Highlands Ranch Concert Band and its Swing Shift, Denver Concert Band (now based in Lone Tree), John Philip Sousa Band of Colorado, Blues 88, Golden Eagle Concert Band, William and the Romantics, Sampson's Gulch Jazz Band, Over the Hill Band, Colorado VFW Band and more — at last check, we counted a total of 15.

There will be a Festival Marketplace nearby with items by artists, craftsmen and other retail vendors, including Original Funky Fries, Silpada Jewelry and Taspen's Organic Skin Products.

The Highlands Ranch Concert Band, which offers free concerts to the community throughout the year, has about 50 members from all walks of life, plus its Swing Shift Big Band. To join this community band, see

Swing Shift will close out the day's concerts on May 17 and the Highlands Ranch Concert Band will be the final act on May 18. Admission is free, although food and other items will be for sale. For more information, visit: