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Community Bands in Maryland
I am the Music Director/Conductor of the MVCB:
Montgomery Village Community Band (MVCB) is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization sponsored by the Montgomery Village Foundation. The band has provided quality musical entertainment for Montgomery Village and surrounding communities since 1979. MVCB welcomes area musicians of all ages to dust off their instruments, rekindle their love of playing music, and join the band! (Auditions are not required.) The musical season commences Labor Day week and concludes with a Fourth of July Parade and Concert in MV. During this period the band performs many indoor and outdoor concerts. MVCB currently has about 70 members.
The Bay Winds Band was established in October 1980 to provide an outlet for residents in and around Annapolis to prepare and perform band music. The band includes members that have many levels of musical experience, with an age range that exceeds 75 years from the youngest to oldest member. Bay Winds’ repertoire includes a mixture of marches, classical transcriptions, Broadway show music, big band jazz, Dixieland jazz and serious contemporary music. Bay Winds is conducted by Russ DeVilbiss, MUCS, USN (ret.). In addition, Mr. Richard Albright and Ms. Anne Kramer, both accomplished band directors in the Anne Arundel County schools, will conduct at this Maryland Band Day concert.
The Williamsport Community Band met for the first time during the summer of 1998. From that summer day in the park in 1998, the band has grown in number and in quality of musicianship. The band boasts a membership of 50 to 60 excellent musicians from all walks of life. Members come from the Tri-state area – Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. All are volunteers and enjoy playing because of their love of music. The band presents two indoor concerts per year in December and May. During the summer months, the band performs concerts in the Tri-State area.
The Rockville Brass Band is among the oldest operating Brass Bands in the country, founded in 1976. Their membership is comprised of dedicated amateur musicians seeking to entertain audiences and promote the British style of Brass Band music performance. RBB has appeared in many venues over its long history, including the Music Center at Strathmore, the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Glen Echo Folk Festival, the Cleveland Park Street Festival, Laurel Riverfest, the Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, and the North American Brass Band Competition. RBB has a strong focus on community service and perform regularly at senior centers, schools, and public halls. The band’s music selections cover a wide range, including military marches, orchestral transcriptions, jazz, blues, and contemporary concert and brass band pieces. They also take pride in being a U.S.-based British Brass Band with a director who is from Britain.
The Rockville Concert Band was founded in 1957 with Frank R. Troy, Jr. as its original director and is currently director by John Saint Amour. The band is supported and funded by the City of Rockville, Maryland, through the Department of Parks and Recreation. Band members volunteer their services with rehearsals taking place once a week throughout the year. The band members "in their other lives" have various backgrounds including the sciences, medicine, music, teaching, and computer technology. All types of music are played by the band including classical transcriptions for band, original compositions for concert band, Dixieland, marches, selections from Broadway musicals, and music from the big band era. The band performs about 16 concerts each year.
The Bel Air Community Band (BACB) is a non-profit musical organization that is sponsored by the Town of Bel Air Parks & Recreation Committee. The band exists so that the musicians of Bel Air and the surrounding areas have the opportunity to continue to so what they love to do, to make music. Through a partnership formed with Harford Community College (HCC) in 1969, students of HCC have the opportunity to play in the band and receive college credit. The BACB performs numerous concerts throughout the year including a Spring & Winter concert, a benefit concert, for the Bel Air Memorial Day ceremonies, and a 4th of July concert to name a few.
The Olney Concert Band (OCB) is a non-profit, community-based band formed in 1985 and currently in its 26th season. OCB offers a challenging outlet to local musicians of all ages (from high school to long-retired adults) who enjoy the thrill of making music together. The band draws its membership from the greater Olney area as well as other parts of Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George's Counties and surrounding areas. OCB provides free entertainment and exposure to the Arts, and forms an integral part of the program at community festivals, celebrations, and charity events. The band also performs for residents of assisted and independent living facilities who may be unable to travel to, or afford to pay for, other musical performances. OCB prides itself in performing a wide range of musical styles such that audience members of all ages and backgrounds can experience a personal connection to the performance.
The US Army Field Band at Fort Meade, Maryland
From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.