History of the Meridian Community Band
Founded in 1977, the Meridian Community Band (MCB) became an independent, non-profit 510(c)3 organization in 1983. The mission of the MCB is to provide an opportunity for community musicians to come together in an enjoyable and cooperative atmosphere to practice, perfect, and perform inspiring and educational concerts in the American town band tradition for the benefit of the greater community.
The band performs nine to twelve concerts per season in a wide variety of settings. The traditional season opener is the annual Grand Sousa Concert. During the holiday session, the MCB performs at formal and community service concerts. Winter features the hosting of and performance in the annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands. There is a spring concert, often in combination with another community music ensemble. Summer features the annual concert at the Lake Lansing Park South band shell. Outreach concerts are designed to bring music to the elderly and infirm, while community service concerts provide music for civic functions.