Do you play an instrument? Join us. No audition necessary!
Instrumentalists are always welcome! Our group is made up of all ages and skill levels,
but all of our instrumentalists have, at a minimum, six to eight years of playing experience.
Unlike some bands, we are not a "learn to play an instrument" organization.
We enjoy making music together, and we wish to serve the community.
If you are interested in joining us, we welcome guests at our rehearsals.
Contact our conductor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to stop in.
During the school year, we rehearse on almost every Tuesday evening at 7:30 in the
Band Room at Thomas Stone High School, 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf.
(Park in the lot to the right rear of the building. The Band Room is in the back of the school.)
We do not rehearse on school holidays or inclement weather days when schools are closed.
The Southern Maryland Concert Band was formed in 1984 as an all-volunteer, non-profit, community-based ensemble of adult and student instrumentalists dedicated to performing quality concert band music for audiences in and around Southern Maryland.
Our founder, Charles Armstrong, former Supervisor of Music and longtime band director in the Charles County Public Schools, had a dream: to recreate the American tradition of community bands in Southern Maryland. The golden age of bands, from the mid-1800s to the 1920s, was characterized by each community having its own volunteer band. Because radio and records did not exist during most of this period, the only form of musical entertainment in many communities was the town band, which typically performed on Sunday afternoons from the town bandstand. Occasionally, a professional band would come to town; these bands, which sometimes numbered up to 2,000 instrumentalists and 20,000 vocalists, generated great excitement wherever they performed. The popularity of bands reach its apex at the turn of the century when John Philip Sousa, the "March King," created his own touring band, "The Sousa Band."
Through Armstrong's vision, the "Community Concert Band, Inc." was formed in early 1984 in Charles County, largely by Armstrong contacting former students from his 25 years of teaching. In 1985, the name was changed to "Southern Maryland Concert Band" to reflect the wide geographic diversity of the band's membership and its public performance locations throughout the four counties of Southern Maryland.
Based in Charles County since its inception, the SMCB has performed many formal and community concerts over the years. The SMCB is the only community-based instrumental ensemble dedicated to providing quality, yet affordable music to families in Southern Maryland. In addition to formal concerts, 8 to 10 informal community concerts are presented each season at fairs, festivals, historic occasions and special events. We are committed to performing a challenging quality music repertoire and rehearsing diligently from January through the end of October each year to ensure the finest musical product possible from our members. With no audition requirement, the SMCB brings together all levels of musicians - from high school age with little performing experience to retirees who have performed with the military bands. This mix of experience levels makes for exciting learning experiences and enhances the overall musicianship of all those involved.
The Southern Maryland Concert Band relies on financial support from our community. We have programs for both individual contributors and corporate sponsors. We sincerely appreciate your generosity.