The Niwot Community Semi-Marching Free Grange Band

Meet Our Musicians--Band Member Bios

Name: Frederick M. Denny

Instrument: Trombone

Uniform Selection--at one time or another: Arizona State University

Fred began playing trombone in 1949 at the age of ten so he could play in the town band in Bristol, Vermont.  He moved to Milford at age 14 and then to Terryville, Connecticut, where he continued to play through high school.

    Fred played in a community swing dance band and a polka band during his high school years, and continued to play through his college years. Fred had not played trombone for many years before joining the community band after hearing the band play in a 4th of July parade in Niwot.

    He also plays recorder and has sung in several choruses and church choirs. “I now play in the Colorado Recorder Orchestra (CRO), which has spring and autumn concert seasons along the Front Range,” he said. Fred also serves on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Bach Festival.

    In his other life, Fred is a Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at CU-Boulder. “My main field is Islamic Studies within the field of History of Religions.”  He retired from CU in 2005, but remains active in the field. “I continue to do research, lecture and publish on Islam and Muslims in today’s world.”  Fred served on the faculties of Yale University and the University of Virginia before moving to Colorado and CU.

    Fred moved to Colorado in 1978 from Charlottesville, Virginia, and lives west of Niwot near Haystack Mountain. 

    His favorite song is Moonlight in Vermont, which he describes as “a beautiful composition about my home state.” 

    Fred describes his favorite experience in band as “playing in my village band on the top deck of the steamship Ticonderoga out of Basin Harbor on Lake Champlain in the early 1950s.”


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