July 4th Weekend Extravaganza-BIG TURNOUT

Both Concerts OUTSTANDING!

Both the Morning & Evening Shows on July 2nd at the Chautauqua Amphitheater turned out SOOOO magnificent! A crowd of over 400 turned out in the evening to enjoy the concert, and they got more into the music as the night went on. As one person wrote, “I just want to tell you the music was amazing. All of it. Every single element.” Others had several favorites that stood out for them.

If you missed it, or want to view it again, check the links below. BIG THANKS to Andrea Perry Barnett for taking video of both Morning and Evening Concerts, and editing them for our viewing enjoyment. And SAVE THE DATE for our next concert, Sunday, November 13th, 2:45 PM – Camp Siloam auditorium. You definitely don’t want to miss that! Tickets go on sale soon.

See below for details

Siloam Community Band Performing


Sponsored by the Siloam Music Festival and the City of Siloam Springs. Thanks for hanging out with us:

To View Individual Performances for Evening Concert: Click Here

To View the Entire Evening Concert, click below:

July 2nd Patriotic Concert produced by the Siloam Music Festival

To View Individual Performances for Morning Concert: Click Here

To View the ENTIRE Show for the Three Morning Bands, Click Below

Three Morning Shows: First Band – Adam Goff – Edgar Lee Island Band

Concert Schedule


9:30 – 11:00 AM: THREE LOCAL BANDSFEATURED Edgar Lee Island (original alternative rock), Dennis Keigley and Friends (bluegrass), Mojo Bone (Classic Rock)

7:00 – 7:30 PM: Pre-ShowFEATURED Randy Steele (guitar/vocals), Rayce Coyle (electric guitar), Siloam Big Band w/ vocalist, Becky Riggs

7:30 – 9:00 PM: Patriotic ConcertFEATURED SILOAM COMMUNITY BAND, SILOAM COMMUNITY CHOIR, & SILOAM BIG BAND (about 100 Vocalists/Instrumentalists in total)

FUTURE CONCERTS: Sunday, November 13th, 3:00 PM — Camp Siloam 1,000-seat auditorium. Tickets will go on sale soon.

FEATURING: Dr. Deborah Caldwell: 2009 SSHS graduate – perhaps the only SSHS graduate who has ever earned a doctorate in Instrumental Performance (Trumpet). She is currently a music professor at Erskine College & a former member of Kings Brass, a popular touring sacred brass ensemble. Deborah will be Performing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto w/ a Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Deborah’s SSHS band director, Keith Rutledge.

Add in up to 60 other local fabulous musicians, plus children’s and adult choirs, in a WIDE VARIETY of exceptional and entertaining selections, and you have another phenomenal musical experience brought to you by your friends and neighbors right here in Siloam Springs and our surrounding area.

MORNING SHOW: Featured various local groups/bands in the morning, and started at 9:30 AM. Theme was fun, feel-good songs that we like to hear in the good ole summer time.

Edgar Lee Island is an alternative rock band begun by Adam Goff, who just recently graduated with a Voice Performance degree from John Brown University. Performing primarily songs that Adam wrote and composed himself, reflecting on the introspection one has when they get out of college – always ends up that things will get better. Add Rayce Coyle on the bass (Masters in Guitar from Berklee School of Music, owner of Windowpane Studios), this band has talent oozing out in every direction. Both Adam and Rayce performed in the Evening Concert with the Siloam Big Band as well.

Dennis Keigley and Friends, blugrass: Dennis is one of the best banjo that you’ll find anywhere in the country, and can play all the instruments in bluegrass bands. His regular band couldn’t make it for the 4th weekend, so he recruited other excellent musician friends to help him perform for us – Hack Poteet, Larry Perry, and Tim Hill. One of my personal favorites is Dueling Banjos where he teamed up with Hack Poteet on the guitar and made it a comedy act.

Mojo Bone, rock & roll cover band. Led by Gralon and Donivan Hudgins (both commercial airline pilots), this band has been pleasing local crowds for over 20-years, and has been one of the favorites at the Dogwood Festival. This past year they added Christopher Barnett on the keyboard and tenor sax, adding another level to their repertoire that is fun to listen to. They got rained out this year at the Dogwood Festival, so they are got another chance to perform for the Siloam Community at our morning show, and were VERY impressive. Loved their music!

EVENING SHOW: Started off with an entertaining Pre-Show at 7:00 PM (spotlighting local favorite Randy Steele, and Rayce Coyle, owner of Windowpane Studios). The Patriotic Concert featured the Siloam Community Band (conducted by SSHS Band Director, Daniel Hodge); the Siloam Community Choir (conducted by JBU Cathedral Choir Director, Steven Hamilton); and a 17-member Siloam Big Band (also conducted by Steven Hamilton). The Finale will combined all three groups performing Peter Wilhousky’s famous arrangement of the Battle Hymn of the Republic!

About the Siloam Music Festival (SMF):  Begun in 2012 by Mark Barnett (1972 graduate of SSHS), the purpose of SMF is to promote and support local musicians by producing live concerts to showcase their expertise at different venues around the city.  These settings have included Camp Siloam, First Baptist Church, Community Christian Church, JBU’s Berry Performing Arts Center, SSHS Performing Arts Center, two different home concerts, and the Amphitheater.  Audience support for these public events has ranged from 300-800.  One hundred-and-eighteen actually showed up at one of the home concerts, not counting the thirteen musicians!

From 2012-2014 SMF produced nine-concerts that highlighted over 230 local musicians.  Two of those festivals showcased high school students and their band/choir directors from Siloam Springs, Ozark Academy, and Gentry.

One of the special projects SMF has taken on has been to give young musicians with long-term music ambitions a chance to perform a concerto (solo) with a chamber orchestra, something they may never get a chance to do otherwise in their lifetime.  Michael Allard, bassoonist, was the first, performing Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto.  After getting a Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance at DePaul and his Masters at SMU, he is now a bassoonist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra.

Christopher Barnett, was the second, performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. After getting his undergraduate degree in Music Education (Oboe Performance), he went on to get his Masters in Music Composition at the UA.  He now plays keyboard for Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers and continues to compose and arrange various musical tunes.

Deborah Caldwell will be the next to have this honor.  She earned a Doctorate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Georgia, and now teaches Instrumental Studies at Erskine College in South Carolina.  She was also a member of the Kings Brass last year, a traveling sacred music brass ensemble that gives concerts along the east and west coasts. She will be performing Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in the SMF Fall Concert on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

Dr. Deborah Caldwell

More quality young musicians will be considered to continue this highly valued tradition.

Siloam Music Festival, produced by Mark Barnett