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 band, now 41 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.