About the Daytona Beach Concert Band
The Daytona Beach Concert Band (DBCB, as it is known amongst its members) is in its twentieth year of activity around the greater Daytona area. Recent concerts have included an American Legion fund raiser at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center, Christmas concerts at Unity Church and the Riviera (both in Holly Hill), and a performance for the annual commemoration of the “Battle of Dunlawton”, held in Port Orange. Preparations are now being made for our annual Spring Concert to be held at the Ormond P.A.C. on April 14th, and the annual Memorial Day Tribute held at the Casements, also in Ormond. Past appearances have seen the band performing at such auspicious community events as the Yancey Music Festival, picnic concerts at Riverfront Park, Flagler County Council for the Arts, Garden and Leisure Lifestyles Indoor Garden show, Bennett VA Home, and Our Lady of Hope/K. of C.
Founded in 1992 by Ed Lewis (the Bandmaster!), the band attracts players from as far away as New Smyrna, Flagler, Palm Coast and Plant City (!). During its fledgling years, DBCB held its rehearsal sessions in the basements of supportive music-loving churches, until a permanent home could be established. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 – 9 p.m. Our rehearsal facility – kindly provided by Mr. Lewis - is located on the southeast corner of Ridgewood (US 1) and Madison in Daytona (645 N. Ridgewood Ave.). Past performances have included the Peabody Auditorium, the News Journal Center, and a variety of open air concerts for all sorts of venues. As a non-profit organization – 501(c)3 – the band is self-supporting, but does gratefully accept and acknowledge its financial supporters. The cost of maintaining our rehearsal facility, copy machine, vast music library (donated back during the demise of the original Daytona Municipal Band), and inventory of instruments all add up, especially in today’s economy. So, any kind of help toward the support and continuation of live band music is greatly appreciated!
Most of the folks who play with the band are retirees, some are snow birds, but all have a deep and abiding love of playing good music, well. Several have professional credits to their name, others are retired music teachers, some have studied music at the college level, many are amateur players, others have had a hiatus from playing for as long as 20-30 years, but for reasons only they know in their hearts, have returned to the rigors of rehearsal and performance. It is a cohesive, fun group with which to play, and the ensemble improves itself on a regular and on-going basis. We have recently welcomed several young musicians from Ormond Beach Middle School and Campbell Middle School in Holly Hill.
Should this description affect you in a positive way, we suggest you contact one of the following band members, (Dwight Cunningham, president – firstname.lastname@example.org, Mary Brammall, secretary – email@example.com, or Gordon Russell, artistic director - firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Though walk-ins are always welcome, we encourage prior contact for the purpose of proper placement within the band seating.
How to find us....
Come join our ranks, play some good music for the simple joy of it, and enjoy the camaraderie of the other DBCB members. Hope to see YOU!!!!!