In 1983, members of the Johnson City community finally realized their vision of forming a community concert band that would perform for community events and would provide citizens an opportunity to practice and perform music as a community service.
Still going strong today, the Johnson City Community Concert Band performs a free concert at Northeast State on July 14 in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, located on the main campus at Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
The band’s performance is part of the College’s “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series. The show is free and open to the public. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Originally sponsored by the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, a task force of Johnson City musicians got together to form the Band. Over the years the band has had several directors, assistant directors and has rehearsed in several locations in the Johnson City area. One thing however has stayed the same; the band has grown and improved each year in the quality of members and quality of performances.
Today the band is made up of approximately 60 members and associate members who have a diverse background in music, from professional band directors to musicians of all ages that just want to continue the joy of playing music and performing. The band also features several associate members who have taken up playing challenging music.