1. How to Join
    Contact the Membership Committee by email at membership@meridiancommunityband.org and let us know what instrument(s) you play and performance experience level (i.e., high school, colleg, etc.)

  2. Who may Join
    Membership is open to adults with high school level playing experience on a non-auditioned basis.
    In order to maintain optimal instrumentation for the ensemble, the band has established limits for the number of musicians in each section. To check on available seating for new members, contact the Membership Committee in the “Contact Us...” section. If a section is full, a waiting list has been created.

  3. When to Join

  4. The Meridian Community Band divides its season into five sessions (Autumn, Holiday, Festival, Spring and Summer). Each session has its own focus concert(s). Since rehearsals are a critical part of preparation for these concerts we ask prospective members to join the band near the beginning of a session so that they can derive the benefits of these rehearsals.

  5. The concert season schedule can be found by clicking on the following link: 2016-2017 Concert Season Schedule

  6. Where do we meet?

  7. Rehearsals are held at Okemos High School (2800 E. Jolly Rd - Okemos) on Tuesday evenings throughout the school year. We meet in the orchestra room during marching band season, and the band room for the remainder of the school year, which is directly accessible from the student parking lot on the east side of the building.

  8. On such occasions that the regular school day is cancelled (bad weather, electrical, heating or water problems, etc.) evening rehearsals will be cancelled.

  9. Okemos Public Schools are alcohol and tobacco-free zones and the use of these substances are prohibited on school property.

  10. Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and finish at 9:00 p.m. For special circumstances rehearsals may last past 9:00 p.m. Most members arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time for set up and warm up.

  11. What is a Concert Band?

  12. The Meridian Community Band is a 85-90 piece concert band. Its instrumentation may include parts for piccolo, flute, oboe, English horn, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium (baritone horn), tuba, string bass and percussion. We are not an orchestra. We do not have stringed instruments (violins, violas, cellos, guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc.). Literature for the modern concert band evolved from military bands and orchestral transcriptions of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. The modern concert band has become a very popular form of instrumental music.

  13. Dues & Fees

  14. The Meridian Community Band does not require dues for membership at this time. We do, however, ask our members to make a donation of $50 (annually) to help us meet our administrative expenses (ASCAP/BMI performance licensing, liability insurance, etc.). The donation is voluntary and refusal to contribute does not constitute a basis for expulsion from the band. The band is a registered Michigan non-profit corporation and has been granted tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service [section 501(c)(3)].

  15. Part Assignments

  16. The Meridian Community Band welcomes new members throughout the concert season based upon space availability, (late August through June) who have had high school-level playing experience. We are a non-auditioned group but have established certain policies which we ask our members to follow.
    MCB Part Assignment Policy

  17. Concert Attire

  18. The band performs twelve to fifteen concerts each season in a variety of settings. We have three uniform codes (formal, holiday, and summer) regarding attire to which we ask our members to adhere.

  19. Formal Concerts:

  20. Men: Formal black tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes and socks.

  21. Women: Black full-length skirt (or black slacks), black long-sleeve blouse, black shoes

  22. Holiday concerts:

  23. Men: Formal black tuxedo, white shirt, black or red bow tie, black shoes and socks.

  24. Women: Black full-length skirt (or black slacks), black or red long-sleeve blouse, black shoes

  25. Summer concerts:

  26. Tan or khaki bottoms, navy blue tops


 

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Membership Committee
Membership

Bob Copeland
Librarian

Mike Hendricks
Webmaster

Mailing Address:
PO Box 542
Okemos, MI  48864

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