Something new has been added to the The Montgomery County Concert Band’s activities. We’ve started a big band style community Jazz Band.
Just like Tuba Christmas, the jazz band will operate under the auspices of the MCCB. While players from the concert band are invited and encouraged to participate, other players in the community who are interested in playing jazz charts in a big band setting are welcome.
In early 2012 Steve Frederick and David O’Neill met to discuss two new ideas for the Montgomery County Concert Band. The first was an out-reach program to start side-by–side concerts with area middle school Music programs. The second was the formation of the Montgomery County Jazz Band.
In March of 2012 the MCCB had its first side-by-side concert with the Colonial Middle School Wind Ensemble and in March of 2013, the Montgomery County Jazz Band gave its first performance at the Colonial Middle School jazz festival.
The Montgomery County Jazz Band strives to continue the musical excellence of the MCCB connecting with audiences through a big band venue. A majority of the group is comprised of members of the MCCB, who have a wide variety of daily occupations and backgrounds. The Montgomery County Jazz Band gave its first public performance in July 2014 at Quakertown’s Concerts in the Park Series.
The jazz band is part of the MCCB and is a 501c(3) non-profit organization dependent entirely on donations from the public. Formal concerts during the year are free to the public; a free-will donation is accepted.
The Jazz Band rehearses once a month and plays a wide variety of big band styles from Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, & Maynard Ferguson to name a few.