New Concert Band Member Information

The Columbia Concert Band is an amateur adult community band. It is up to each individual member to decide if he or she is comfortable with the music that we play, which is mostly grade IV and V literature. In addition, members are asked to make a commitment to be at rehearsals and concerts so that we can perform effectively together, and should be physically "in shape" for a 2-hour rehearsal before joining the band. We rehearse at River Hill High School in Clarksville on Monday nights from 7:30-9:30.

​Membership Eligibility

The Columbia Concert Band is primarily an adult organization. Members have reached at least tenth grade, although the director may choose to make exceptions (ex. the child's parent or private instructor plays in the band). Public school students are strongly encouraged to be active in their school band programs. If they are not, the school's band director may be contacted to ensure that the Columbia Concert Band is not 'competing' with the school music program. All CCB members pay annual dues (see below), with families receiving a multi-member discount.

​Attendance

The musical success of the band is dependent upon weekly rehearsals with all members who will perform at the concert. Therefore, the ensemble does not exist as a 'drop-in' organization. All members are expected to consistently attend rehearsals, except in the event of travel, illness, or other emergency. Attendance guidelines are as follows:

1. In the case of travel, illness, or other emergency, the section leader and director should be contacted. Unexplained absences may be followed-up with a telephone call or email.

​2. If a member is frequently absent or expects to miss several upcoming rehearsals, he/she should meet with the director to decide if a leave-of-absence is necessary. This also applies to expected regular absences (every other week, once per month, etc.) as such a situation is not consistent with the commitment requested of CCB members. The director may request a consultation with any member to discuss participation at upcoming performances if there is a concern about attendance.

​3. Members who are not able to perform on a concert should consult with the director regarding appropriateness of attendance at the corresponding dress rehearsal.

​Dues

Annual membership dues are paid every September: $80 for CCB individuals or $110 for CCB families​. Members joining during the year will pay prorated dues according to the following schedule:
July 1 to December 31: Full Dues
January 1 to June 30: Half Dues


There are no dues for summer-only participation, but the individual is ineligible to vote at the May meeting.

​Regular Venues

River Hill High School
12101 Clarksville Pike

Clarksville, MD 21029
Columbia Lakefront near Clyde's
10221 Wincopin Circle

Columbia, MD 21044
Lurman Woodland Theatre
614 Hilltop Road

Catonsville, MD 21228

​Care of CCB-owned Sheet Music

Your section leader is responsible for disseminating music, whether physically or electronically. You are then responsible for the music until it is collected and returned to the librarian for storage. All members are asked to mark their music as frequently as necessary to ensure that individual mistakes are not repeated and that all ensemble interpretations, as stated by the director, are noted. Following an absence, markings from the previous rehearsal should be obtained from a section member. Markings should be made only with a pencil.

Current CCB Section Leaders (in Score Order):

Flute - Jeanette Donald
Oboe - Beth Jubinski
Clarinet - Bill DeVuono
Bass Clarinet - Jeff Eckert
Bassoon - Harry Guenther
Saxophone - Heidi Gauss
French Horn - Kathy Bartolomeo
Trumpet - Adam Greenstein
Trombone - Jeremy Yager
Tuba/Euphonium - Scott Schumaker

Percussion - Len Morse

​Concert Attire

For formal concerts:
Men - dark suit, tie, white shirt
Women - black pants/skirt, black blouse
All - black shoes
For summer/outdoor concerts:
Khaki pants
The blue CCB polo shirt

Brown shoes/sandals

Performer Etiquette

  • Leave as many personal items as possible OFF-STAGE.
  • Do not talk between tunes or during tunes.
  • When the band stands to accept audience applause, please face the audience and smile. Do not shuffle music or clean up instruments.
  • Demonstrate courtesy to each other by arriving with plenty of time to warm-up individually, tune, and get set up in the Band Room for full-ensemble warm-up. Plan on arriving at the concert site 60 minutes before downbeat.
  • Everyone's cooperation will be required to efficiently clean up the facility after the concert.