Our last concert for the year is this Tuesday. The SCB will perform Christmas and Holiday favorites in a free concert at the Strand Theatre on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
Click on the following link to see the December 16 Christmas Concert Event poster!
Many thanks to Brian Cloud for designing this poster!!
Welcome to the Shelby Community Band web site.
The SCB was formed in 1973 by a small group of adults looking to play music in an ensemble with others like they did in high school. Today, this ensemble has grown to over 40 members who volunteer their time and talents to make music together. These adult and student musicians come from all over Shelby County and surrounding counties.
The Shelby Community Band is sponsoring it's
1st Annual Decorated Christmas Cookie Contest.
The contest will be held at 3:30 in the Shelbyville Middle School auditorium on Sunday December 16th before our annual Christmas concert. Cookies will be judged by the audience with penny votes for one 1st & 2nd place winner in each age group. One cookie will be chosen as the overall grand prize winner. See the rules page for more details and to download the entry form.
This year's Christmas concert event will be held at Shelbyville Middle School. The 4:00 concert has 2 special guest performers along with a visit from Santa Claus. Santa will have a special treat for each child. Photos with Santa will be available before & after the concert so make sure to bring the kids, grandkids & neighbors' kids to visit Santa. Pictures with Santa will be $5.00 per page.
The 1st special quest music ensemble to perform with us is Queen City Bronze out of Cincinnati, OH. The Queen City Bronze is a professional, community handbell ensemble that was founded in October of 2008 and is under the direction of Jennifer Cauhorn. Cauhorn is also the Executive Director of the Handbell Musicians of America. Originally, this group of auditioned ringers was formed for the purpose of performing on stage with the Cincinnati Pops during the 2008 Holiday Concert series. Following overwhelming praise from the Pops organization and concertgoers, members of the ensemble made a decision to expand the group and the repertoire to become a full-time ensemble. For more information about the Queen City Bronze, visit their website at www.queencitybronze.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/queencitybronze.
Our 2nd guest music ensemble is from Triton M/S. This volunteer choir is made up of 7th & 8th grade students and is under the direction of Christy Miller-Leaser. Mrs. Leaser is one of our saxophone players and also the choir director at Triton M/S. They will perform 3 pieces on their own and a grand finale with the band.
The concert will feature Christmas classics performed by the Shelby Community Band along with a special reading of The Night Before Christmas, performance of Queen City Bronze, and a sing-a-long of Christmas carols with the Triton M/S choir. The cookies from the cookie decorating contest will be auctioned off during the intermission, so bring your pennies to vote and dollars to purchase cookies to help support the band.
We hope to see you & your family on December 16th.
Please note – as of August 2010 we have new rehearsal day (TUESDAYs) and location (St. Luke's Episcopal Church). Click here for a map to the church.
Upcoming SCB Performances:
- 12/16/2012 – Holiday Concert Event in the Shelbyville Middle School auditorium- 3:30 pm
- 12/18/2012- Holiday Concert at the Strand Theatre- 7:00 pm
Our mission is to provide an organization in which musicians can participate for their cultural enrichment and enjoyment, and for the benefit of the community through promotion of the arts. We perform several local concerts throughout the year, performing a wide variety of concert band musical styles.
The Shelby Community Band was organized in 1973 by the late Don Wickizer, Carol Finkel, Frank Beck, and John D. Haehl and was under the direction of then high school band director, Frances Chesser. It began as an adult education class, meeting at the Shelbyville High School on Monday evenings. The early band had about 23 members, each paying $2.00 tuition per week, or $25 for a semester for the "class". The money paid was used to cover the use of the school facilities, including the auditorium for concerts, high school band room and equipment, school music, and compensation for the director.
Today, the band, now 37 years in existence, has grown to about 45 members and performs at a variety of local community events as well as providing regular scheduled concerts and holiday celebrations. The band provides music for the American Legion's annual Memorial Day program, performs free concerts at the Strand Theatre, Shelbyville's performing arts facility, and helps with volunteers for high school events such as musicals, concerts, and competitive events by the Indiana Music Educators Association contests. The band also provides concerts and entertainment at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The band does not charge for performances, but accepts donations to help cover operating expenses. The Shelby Community Band assures that music and the arts continue to be a priority in Shelbyville for all to enjoy.
How to Join Us
Anyone who has ever played a musical instrument (brass, woodwind, percussion) may join the band. Membership or participation in the band is open to anyone who has a desire to play or wishes to remain involved in music. As of August 2010 we have new rehearsal day and location. We now rehearse on Tuesday evenings, and all age groups and levels of musicianship are welcome. Your eagerness and desire to participate are as important as your individual talent and playing capabilities.
If you are interested in possibly joining the Shelby Community Band, feel free to attend one of our rehearsals. We are always interested in expanding our roster and look forward to meeting you and having you be part of our group.
The Shelby Community Band rehearses nearly every TUESDAY evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Shelbyville. Click HERE for more info.