• ARKANSAS - School Band Music Festivals Coming To Eureka Springs

      The Hills Will Be Alive With The Sound Of Music

      EUREKA SPRINGS, AR - Jay Smith, of Irving, Texas, brought his Nimitz High School band to Eureka Springs last March for a benefit concert. Now he & his wife will be bringing many more school bands from around the country to Eureka Springs starting next year.

      Beginning next April, Eureka Springs will be the site of multiple music festivals for schools bands, orchestras and choirs. The first three festivals are scheduled for March 25-27, April 1-3, and April 30-May 2, 2011.

      Eureka Music Festivals, a company founded and owned by Jay and Gina Smith of Hurst, Texas, will organize the events. According to Gina, Executive Director, Eureka Music Festivals will “concentrate our marketing to high school music departments, but will also welcome middle school programs.” Gina added that the company plans to arrange “ready to go” tours for the school groups “including everything except performing, conducting the concert, and doing bed checks!”

      The Smiths say they chose Eureka Springs as the site for the festivals in part because of their deep love for the city. Jay proposed to Gina at Rogue’s Manor restaurant in Eureka Springs in 2005, and they were married here at Penn Memorial Church the following year.

      Jay, band director at Irving Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas, brought the band here this past March to perform a concert benefiting the music departments at Eureka Springs, Berryville and Green Forest High Schools. “The Nimitz students absolutely loved Eureka Springs,” Gina explained, “And our music festival business was born out of that trip.”

      More information on the company and the planned festivals is available online at <a href="http://www.eurekamusicfestivals.com" target="_blank">www.eurekamusicfestivals.com</a>.