Mayor Presents Proclamation to Band Founders: McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller officially declared August 12 as McKinney Community Band Day in our community during our “American Spirit” concert in July. August 12, 2006 was the date of the band’s first ever performance at the annual Ice Cream Crank-Off. After reading the proclamation to the audience at the concert, the mayor took the podium to conduct the band in Sousa’s “The Thunderer.” Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for taking part in our big celebration. (Mayor Loughmiller with band founders Bill Sleeper and Ed Schwarz, at right.) To view the proclamation and a slideshow of our first 10 years, click HERE.
New Faces Take the Podium: The McKinney Community Band started our 10th year as an organization with the introduction of two new leaders for the band – Artistic Director/Conductor Jeremy Kondrat and Associate Conductor Elmer Schenk. These two incredibly talented musicians and educators are challenging the band members and we are happily rising to that challenge. What a future we have ahead of us. We invite you to come along for the ride! Learn more about our new conductors HERE.
And Now a Word from Our Director Emeritus: Our band is growing in number and our repertoire is growing in complexity … and it’s all just plain rewarding. We are committed to having fun through musical growth and achievement as well as camaraderie and friendships. In short, we play music and enjoy each other’s company. A lot.
If you feel ready to give us a try, send us an indication of your interest through this website. You will then receive an email from a band member with details about visiting a rehearsal.
We also have two “satellite” groups: the McKinney Flute Choir and the McKinney Dance Band. Subs and guests are especially welcome in these groups. Both rehearse every week at 6:30, prior to the 7:30 downbeat for the concert band rehearsal.
We are so blessed by support from the McKinney Arts Commission and the McKinney ISD. We are especially indebted to Scott Johnson Middle School, our home for our weekly Thursday evening rehearsals. It’s a short trip from anywhere in Collin County. You don’t even have to be a McKinney resident; some of our members drive a long way to participate because we have such a good time making music together!
It’s the most fun you can have for a dollar-a-week dues!
Yours in music, Bill Sleeper, Director Emeritus