In the summer of 1966, Jim Hall, then director of music at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, ran an ad in the local Charlotte newspaper, calling for fellow amateur musicians to come together and play in a community concert band. His intent was to provide an outlet for former high school and college band members to maintain their interest in playing in an informal and relaxed atmosphere - one that would be both stimulating and enjoyable.
With that simple goal, there was never a thought that 55 years later, the Charlotte Concert Band would grow into one of the cultural gems in Charlotte’s rich performing arts community and serve as a place where amateur musicians can participate in music through quality performances of concert band repertoire and develop lifelong friendships.
For decades, our organization has been supported by local universities that provided performance space, operational support, etc. During this time, our concerts were free and membership dues were minimal. Being in our second year of self support, we have had to raise our membership dues and begin charging for concerts to offset added expenses for rehearsal and performance space, music stands, percussion equipment and storage. Your donation will allow us to offset these added expenses and help fulfill our mission of supporting the life-long creation of music in our community
Community bands across the country are struggling. Many will not return. During the pandemic, the Charlotte Concert Band remained committed to our players and followers and were determined to keep playing by any means available. Our efforts kept over 60 of our 80+ members playing by producing 8 virtual video performances. We are extremely proud of our players and their dedication. We hope that you will take a few minutes to watch some of those PERFORMANCES.
Thank you so very much for your patronage and your support!
More information about the organization can be found at the Charlotte Concert Band's website