Hobart resident Susan Williams leads a diverse group of musicians as director/conductor of the Hobart Area Concert Band, formerly known as The Rusty Pipes.
Williams became band director in 2011 after serving as a co-conductor for six years. The band draws members 18 to 95 from all over the Northwest Indiana area. “With such a wide range of ages comes a wide range of talent, occupations and personalities,” Williams said.
“I try to program music that, first and foremost, I love, but also that I feel the band will enjoy performing, will be challenging for them, and in the end will be very enjoyable for our audiences.”
“I am a big promoter and supporter of music education, and believe that community bands offer a unique opportunity for musicians to continue performing throughout their lives,” she added.
The concert band was started more than 30 years ago with a handful of alumni from the Hobart High School Band program as a feature at Hobart’s homecoming football games, and has grown to more than 65 members.
“Music is so important for so many people, and I am honored to be able to work with such a wonderful group of musicians from literally every walk of life,” Williams said.
Williams studied music education at Fredonia State Teachers College in New York, later receiving her master’s in performance at Indiana University. She has served as band director at Merrillville High School and as an instructor at Indiana University Northwest.
Williams also recently sold her in-home instrument repair shop of 35 years, Band Instrument Repair and Sales, and will devote more of her time to the Hobart Area Concert Band.
“I have to say that conducting a band is absolutely a labor of love. Sharing my love of music with fellow musicians is about as good as it gets,” she said.
Upcoming concert information for the Hobart Area Concert Band can be viewed at hobartareaconcertband.com.