Joining the Charlotte Concert Band Our Membership Any performer who has above-average playing skills, especially sight reading ability, is eligible to audition for membership openings in the Charlotte Concert Band. The CCB is like a university symphonic band in that there are many outstanding players, some of whom play professionally, but there are also dedicated amateurs who enjoy performing and make a great contribution within their sections. We have performed for the North Carolina Music Educators Conference (2008 and 2015) and for the Stanly County Arts Council Concert Series (2011). You can find recordings of some of our performances on YouTube page.
Auditions General auditions for the Charlotte Concert Band are typically held in August of each year. After an audition, you may be selected either as a regular member or as a call player. Regular members are asked to attend all rehearsals prior to a concert so that we can prepare a performance that is as near perfect and musically satisfying to our audience as possible. Family and work situations may necessitate an occasional absence, but it is assumed that anyone who chooses to be a part of the CCB will make every effort to support our goal of "outstanding performances of classic concert band repertoire." Call players may be invited to sit in with the CCB when regular members are not available, or to become regular members as positions open within the band. We are eager to grow our call list for all instruments, so please don't hesitate to contact us even if there is not a current membership opening for your instrument.
Prospective players should prepare two brief selections to demonstrate tone quality, control, range, technical ability, and musicianship. These may be solos, etudes, or excerpts from band or orchestral parts.
If you are interested in auditioning or would like additional information on joining the CCB, please complete the information below.
2019-2020 Membership Openings All seats for the 2019-2020 season are currently filled; however, we would be glad to add your name to our waiting list. We currently have vacancies in our percussion section. Please complete the form below if you are interested in joining the Charlotte Concert Band. If positions become available, we will be in contact. Check back in the early summer 2020 for information on joining the band for next season. Fill out the form below to let us know of your interest in our organization.
The Music Our concerts generally include some challenging concert band classics, such as the Suite in F by Holst, Clifton Williams's Symphonic Dance No. 3, Festive Overture by Shostakovich, or Robert Jager's Esprit de Corps, as well as Broadway medleys, jazz standards, and marches to make up an enjoyable program for our audiences. We often feature vocal and instrument soloists to highlight the many talents of our members.
Rehearsals The Charlotte Concert Band rehearses on Tuesday nights from 7:15 pm-9:15 pm at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203. Our season runs from mid-August to mid-May. The Summer Band Season is mid-May through July.
Membership Dues Each member is required to pay the non-refundable $60 annual membership dues upon the first rehearsal in which they attend. Membership dues are considered a tax deductible donation as we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.