When: Sat, June 23 @ 2pm
Where: The Dixie Theatre
The Russ-Town Band was formed by Lawrence Gibbs, Jan Gibbs, Charles Gaushell, and Anne Gaushell in June, 1994. There became a need for summer entertainment in the area, and the “community band” concept was making an impressive comeback nation-wide. Ruston was developing many plans for entertainment in the area. The time was right.
The founders asked retired local bandmaster Mr. Oscar Barnes, former Associate Director of Bands at LSU and former Director of Bands at Ruston High School, to conduct the band. Lawrence Gibbs was named as Assistant Conductor and Manager of the Band. In 2001, Mr. Barnes turned over the baton to Lawrence Gibbs. Mr. Gibbs is currently the Director and Manager of the Russ-Town Band.
The band has been involved in many projects over the years. Mr. Barnes worked closely with the developers of the Ruston Railroad Park in downtown Ruston to assure proper conditions for band concerts. In 2005, the Dixie Center for the Arts was completely restored, and it has become the location for both the Ruston Peach Festival Concert and the Russ-Town Christmas Concert.
The band is totally volunteer and no admission is charged at events. The band regularly presents “fundraising” concerts to assist area charity organizations. The band hopes to continue for many more years as a testament to the love of high quality band music in North Central Louisiana.