Sunday, September 8, 2019

A new season begins....

The first post of every season lists the different community music groups in the area.  If you are a musician, and you would like to play, there are groups at all talent levels that would love to have you play with them.  If you know of other groups, drop me an email and I will add them to the list.  I've organized the list by the day of the week that they rehearse.

Sunday: The Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band is under the direction of Karen Lippert. They welcome all players regardless of ability and play traditional concert band music. You can check their web site for more information.

Monday: The Menomonee Falls Symphony, under the direction of Mike Kamenski, rehearses on Monday evenings in Sussex at Hamilton High School. An audition is required.   You can get more information on the concerts, and on joining the orchestra, from their 
web site.

Tuesday: The Wauwatosa Community Band, under the direction of Donna Kummer, rehearses at Longfellow Middle School. Tosa Band performs as a symphonic band and also as Tosa Jazz, so folks who like both genres of music may find a good fit with this group. 
See their web site for more information.

Tuesday: For the folks in the western suburbs, the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band also rehearses on Tuesday. The group's Conductor Laureate, Rick Kirby, has also composed music for some of the concerts. 
Their web site also has more information.

Tuesday: The Milwaukee Festival Brass, the only British style Brass Band in the area, rehearses on Tuesday as well. This group is unique in that they have an apprentice program for high school students. 
All the details are on their site.

Wednesday:  The Concord Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Jamin Hoffman, rehearses at Nicolet High School and requires an audition.  See their 
web site for information.

Wednesday: The Milwaukee American Legion Band is a traditional, patriotic-style community band. They are directed by Mike Van Pelt. Their site has information on their history, which is extensive, and on becoming a member.


Wednesday: The Lakeshore Symphonic Band serves the north shore and Ozaukee County communities, performing their concerts at the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center. Click here for their information.

Thursday: The Milwaukee Concert Band is another group with a long history, having been sponsored at one time by the Civic Music Association. See their web site for more information.


Thursday:  The Greenfield Concert Band is relatively new, having been in existence for only a few years.  They rehearse at Greenfield High School and do require an audition in order to place new members into the sections.  See their web site for information.

Thursday: The Greendale Village Band welcomes members of all playing abilities. They are a part of the School System in the Village of Greendale.


And if I missed information on your group, send me an email and I'll be sure to post it.  Thanks.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The summer season is over

The Milwaukee Community Music Blog will take a break until September.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Don't miss this free concert

The United States Coast Guard Band will perform a free concert in Milwaukee during their 2019 Great Lakes tour.  The concert will be at the Marcus Center on Saturday August 10 beginning at 7 PM. 

While the tickets are free, you do need to get tickets.  Please call the Marcus Center box office for tickets:  414-273-7206.  For more information, see the Marcus Center web site.

Don't miss your chance to hear a great concert band! 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Summer band concerts at the Marcus Center

The Peck Pavilion will be filled with the sounds of community bands this summer.  The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts will again host the Summer Band Concert series at the Peck Pavilion.  The venue has great sound and the concerts are free.  It is a great way to introduce younger ones to concert music.

The first concert will feature the Milwaukee Festival Brass on Sunday July 21.  Later, on August 18, the Milwaukee Police Band will perform.  All concerts begin at 2 PM.

For more information, see the Marcus Center Live at the Peck web site.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Summer concerts in Racine at the Zoo

The Racine Concert Band will again perform a series of summer concerts at the Racine Zoo on Sunday evenings beginning on June 30.  The concerts will run every Sunday evening at the amphitheater through Sunday August 11. 

Each week is a different program and theme.  The music will range from light classical to Broadway Show tunes to music from the movies.  And every concert will include at least one march. 

These concerts are a great way to introduce young people to classical music.  The concerts are about an hour long (maybe a tad longer) and feature lighter, shorter pieces.  And if the young one's energy level is very high, there is a playground just at the top of the hill.

This year, RCB brings back the Racine Concert Band Quiz and the Summer Sweepstakes Spectacular!  When you enter the quiz (a question of useless information), the correct answers are put in a drawing for an American Flag provided by Ace Heating and Cooling.  But all answers, correct or not, are entered into the Sweepstakes for a great prize given away at the last concert.  If you come each week and enter each quiz, you have many chances to win the big prize. 

The concerts in June and July begin at 7:30, while the concerts in August begin at 7 PM.  The easiest way to enter the zoo on Sunday evenings is at the east end of Augusta Street near Lake Michigan, but you can also enter from Main Street.  And, please keep in mind that the Zoo grounds themselves are not open during and after the concert. 

Hope to see you at one (or all) of the concerts at the Racine Zoo by the Racine Concert Band.  Happy Summer! 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Summer concerts by the Concord Chamber Orchestra

The Concord Chamber Orchestra will perform four free concerts this summer season.  The group will present music from the movies, Broadway, and popular and patriotic favorites.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy fun music in wonderful venues at no cost.  These programs are wonderful for introducing orchestral music to younger ones.  And if they want to run around a bit, that is not a problem at any of these locations.  Here's the list:


  • Boerner Botanical Gardens in Whitnall Park, 6:30 PM - The CCO opens the summer season of concerts at the Gardens.
  • Wednesday July 24 in New Berlin at the Library Green Park at 6:30
  • Sunday July 28 at Franklin's Lions Legend Bandshell at 2 PM
  • Wednesday August 7 in Glendale at the Maslowski Glendale Community Park at 7 PM
With locations all over town, there is one concert nearby.  Be sure to put it on your calendar and enjoy the music this summer.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

The first concert of the season is in Shorewood!

The Shorewood Concert Band will perform at the Chicken BBQ hosted by the Shorewood Men's Club.  The annual (and quite delicious) event will be held, rain or shine, at Atwater Park on Saturday June 8.  The park is at the corner of Capitol Drive and Lake Drive, and chicken will be served all day. 

The band will be the first of the entertainment groups to perform, beginning about noon for about an hour.  Other groups will also perform later in the day.  The chicken will again be prepared by Rupena's, and in my opinion, there is none better!  Enjoy some chicken in the park, or take some home for the family, and you will also be supporting a different groups in Shorewood, including the concert band. 

See you there!