Membership in the Rockford Community Concert Band is open to all interested instrumentalists (a minimum of high school experience is required). The band performs in December, April and June, along with other performances scheduled during the year. The Rockford Community Concert Band is a regular participant in the “Bands on the Grand” Adult Community Band Festival as well as Rockford’s “Start of Summer” Celebration. If you are interested in joining the band, you may contact Dr. Tiffany Engle at 616-554-7986 or fill out an online contact form.
The next performance will be at the annual Spring Community Concert on April 28, from 3-5pm at the Rockford High School Fine Arts Auditorium, 4100 Kroes Street NE, Rockford, Michigan. This event, sponsored by the Rockford Area Arts Commission, will feature the Rockford Community Band, Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra. Admission is free – although free will offerings are graciously accepted to help the musicians cover music expenses for future performances.
Here is the band’s schedule for the rest of the 2012-2013 year:
Monday, January 7, 7-9:00pm Rehearsals Resume, North Rockford Middle School Bandroom
Sunday, April 28, 3:-5:00pm Spring Concert, Rockford High School Auditorium
Saturday, June 15 Start of Summer Celebration, Rotary Pavilion, Downtown Rockford
The Rockford Community Concert Band
Rockford Community Concert Band History
Community instrumental ensembles have been in Rockford since 1994. This initial group featured a combination of winds, brass, percussion, and strings. Conducted by Joseph Bell for ten years, this ensemble performed a repertoire of popular tunes and light classical pieces at various venues throughout the Rockford area. In 2003, two separate instrumental ensembles were formed, resulting in the Concert Band and Orchestra. Retired school band director Nicholas Valenziano was appointed conductor of the Concert Band in 2005. With his leadership, the ensemble grew in size, all while maintaining the high musical standards established in its conception.
In January 2008, Tiffany Engle became the ensemble’s third conductor. Since her arrival, the Concert Band has continued to heighten its level of musicianship through the performance of more challenging literature. More importantly, the musical development of this ensemble has helped to develop a strong and enjoyable social community that also seeks to entertain audiences in surrounding communities. In essence, the Rockford Community Concert Band brings together instrumentalists from all walks of life who simply enjoy making music passionately and meaningfully.
Enjoy this piece played by the Rockford Community Concert Band (Folk Dances by Dmitri Shostakovich- Arr. by Richard L. Saucedo):