Do you play a musical instrument? Clarinet, flute, piccolo, trombone, percussion, trumpet, French horn, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, tuba, euphonium? Zionsville Concert Band is recruiting adult musicians to begin rehearsals at the end of January for the 2020 season. Auditions are not required, and all band instruments are welcome.
Although Zionsville Concert Band is named for its hometown, members also hail from Indianapolis, Lebanon, Danville, Beech Grove, Lawrence, Plainfield, and other cities in the area.
The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville during the season, from the end of January to the middle of December. Members can usually start whenever they wish, subject to approval of Music Director John Richardson, who can be reached at show contact info
Joining Zionsville Concert Band is free, and there is no remuneration, says Music Director Richardson. While some members of the band are professional musicians, most are amateurs with high school or college musical experience. They range in age from 18 to 83 but are united by a "lifelong love of music," Richardson notes. "New members will find that their playing improves. Rehearsals are open, and prospective members may attend simply to observe."
In addition to performing more than a dozen concerts a year, band members enjoy the social benefits of belonging to the organization. "We strive to create an atmosphere of a family of musicians," he explains.
Community service through music is motivation for many members. The band originated in 2002 with a request from the community to help commemorate Zionsville's sesquicentennial. Zionsville Concert Band continues to serve the community and surrounding areas by bringing live music to enthusiastic audiences.
"Making music with friends is so much fun," one member notes. "We love it!"
The band's varied performance schedule includes parks, retirement communities, and other venues, such as Lions Park in Zionsville, festivals, and the Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall in downtown Indianapolis.
The band was founded by John Richardson, who has served as Music Director since the organization's inception. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY, with a focus on French horn and piano, and Master's of Music degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. John was a member of "The President's Own" United States Marine Band and was French horn soloist in the White House Orchestra. He retired from Christ Lutheran Church of Zionsville where he served as organist and pianist, and earlier had been the Music Director, conductor of the hand bell choir, and director of the classical and contemporary instrumental ensembles. He has appeared as guest conductor of the Indiana Wind Symphony and the Indianapolis Municipal Band, and he conducted the band that assembled for the Bohumir Kryl Project at Wabash College's Visiting Artist Series. In addition to teaching piano and band instruments, John is a member of the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Brass Choir. On Sundays he is one of the organists for church services at Hoosier Village Chapel and at Trinity Lutheran Church of Lebanon.
Steve Jones, Assistant Conductor, attended the Jordan School of Music at Butler University, where he was principal euphonium player for the Butler Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. He played with the 6th US Army Band and has extensive experience in dinner and musical theater. Steve holds the position of Music Director for the Zionsville Christian Church and provides private piano lessons.
For more information about volunteer opportunities with the band, call John Richardson at show contact info
. Also find the band at zionsvilleband.com.
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