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The Milford Communty Band is a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible. The EIN is 20-3660855. Send your tax deductible contribution to:

Milford Community Band
616 Cedarwood Ave.
Milford, DE., 19963

 

ABOUT US

         A quote from N. Joe Lear, Sr. - founder of the Milford Community Band: “I started attending Wesley College in the fall of 1986.  I continued though the spring semester of 1989.  During those years, I played trombone with the Wesley Jazz Band.  In the fall of 1989, I started to work as a volunteer for Mr. Gerald Thompson, band director, Milford High School.  In November of that year, I made the comment to Gerry that I no longer had a place to play my horn.  He said, ‘Start a community band.’  What a great idea!  I arranged with my church to use their choir room on Tuesday evenings.  Gerry loaned us some music from the high school music library.  I put a notice in the Milford Chronicle about the desire to form a community band and received several replies.  Our first rehearsal was mid-February and sixteen people showed up.

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Four original members are still with the band:  Margie Newnom, Bill Mayhew, Tony Perrone, and me. We have been growing ever since.

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The band started as the “Milford Adult Community Band”, but dropped the “Adult” after a few years.  The major purpose of the band is to provide a place to play our horns.  We have rehearsals every Tuesday evening from 7:00 till 9:00 PM except for December.   Secondary purpose is to provide public concerts.

Membership across the years has included young people from middle school, high school and college students. There have been a couple of “Home Schooled” youth in the band also. Current membership includes members in their eighties.  There are several husband/wife members, two mothers/daughters, one grandmother and grandson, a brother/sister in the band.

Members come from all over Kent and Sussex Counties - Smyrna, Dover, Felton, Magnolia, Harrington, Houston, Milton, Millsboro, Lewes, and Rehoboth Beach.  One gentleman comes from Salisbury, MD.  As of June 2013, there have been 410 people in the MCB.  Current MCB membership is 45.

The MCB started in the building facilities of the Avenue United Methodist Church here in Milford.  Another church tenant at that time was the Delaware Music School.  One of the teachers of the DMS, Mr. Gene Bowne, said “I always wanted to be a conductor of a community band” - so he was our first real conductor.  Prior to the arrival of Gene, our rehearsals started out with one of us naming a piece of music to play and then calling out “1 - 2 -ready - play”.  Gene passed away after a few years and our next leader, for a short time, was Mr. David Prettyman.  Mr. Philip Steinhoff became our next leader - and still is.  We are blessed that a couple of other band members have conducting experience, so when Phil can’t make it, we have good back-up.

The MCB played their first public performance on April 10, 1990 for the Wesley College Jazz Festival.  As time passed, we did more public performances.  We generally do 18 -22 public performances every year all over Kent and Sussex counties.  We have played several times in Washington DC:

Presidents Park (across the street from the White House)
Lincoln Memorial
Capitol steps
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Union Station
World War Two Memorial

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The MCB has also performed in Wilmington, Dover, Dover Air Force Base, Greenwood, Lewes, Bethany Beach, and Rehoboth Beach.  We have an extensive library of over 700 pieces of music in 6 filing cabinets.

In 2005, the MCB was a tenant of the Milford Kiwanis club.  In 2008  the Kiwanis Club closed up and the MCB was allowed to buy the building.  The building is on park property owned by the City of Milford but the MCB owns the building.  The main room is about 1200 square feet (large enough for all of us to fit).  There are two storage rooms, two bathrooms and a kitchen.

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In addition to the MCB, there are several smaller ensembles:

The Smooth Sound Dance Band - a group of 16 musicians who specialize in music of the “Big Band” era, music of the 30s, 40s and 50s plus many current pieces.

 

The Downtown Dixieland Band - a group of 8 musicians who play Ragtime/Dixieland music of the time period 1880 -1920.

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The Happy Wanderers Oompah Band - a group of 8 to 15 musicians who play Polkas and Waltzes - they dress in hats with feathers and lederhosen.  The ladies dress in Bavarian attire.

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The Christmas Carol Band - a group of 6 to 15 players who play Christmas Carols from mid-November till Christmas Eve.

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The Mid-Del Sax Quartet - four saxophone players (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone).

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The Kettle Jammers - a group of 6 to 15 players who play for the Salvation Army Red Kettle drives.

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Please visit our friends...

The Dover Symphony Orchestra
The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band
The Diamond State Concert Band
The Music School of Delaware
Newark Community Band
The Swing Noteables
Milford Art Stroll

They all have cool web sites, and links to many other community bands, brass bands, and orchestras.


For additonal information about arts activities in Delaware, visit the Delaware Division of the Arts Home Page


Upcoming Events:

These are just a few of the performances we offer. For a complete list of our performances, please check out our other EVENTS.


Big Band Music for Seniors (Smooth Sound Dance Band))
Manor House, Seaford
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Veteran's Stand down Day (Downtown Dixieland Band))
Schutte Park Dover, Dover
Friday, September 22, 2017

Bridgeville Octoberfest (Happy Wanderers Oompah Band))
Historical Society park, Bridgeville
Friday, September 22, 2017
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