About Reading Community Concert Band
Reading Civic Concert Band started in 1994 as a Summer Band, led by Cara Canady, then director of bands at Parker Middle School. Her concept was to engage developing wind players in a healthy summer activity and include adults from the community. When Cara left to take another teaching position, she was succeeded by Cheryl Wing for a couple years. At a point when Cheryl’s teaching duties grew, members of RCCB approached one of their trumpet players, Lucinda Ellert, and asked if she would consider taking over and reorganizing the group into a year-round concert band. In 2004, the Reading Civic Concert Band was reformed with a new charter and new bylaws. The outreach to the community at large still included young players and the programming concept included serious wind repertoire as well as fun tunes that were accessible to all. In 2016, the baton was passed on to Catherine Hofius, who was able to stay with us for only one year.
In August of 2017, Stephen Bloom was welcomed as the new Music Director for RCCB. At this time, the name of our glorious band was also changed to the Reading Community Concert Band. We are still RCCB, but the focus is on community!
In December, 2017 the RCCB participated in the annual Reading Educational Fund (REF) fundraiser, "Festival of Trees" and played a well-received holiday concert at the beautiful Parker Middle School auditorium.
The RCCB was pleased to be invited back to play in Reading's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on January 15, 2018 at the Reading Memorial High School (RMHS) performing arts center.
We are looking forward to joining the town of Wilmington's 4th of July celebration by performing on their town green on July 2, 2018 before the fireworks display.
For the fifth year, we will be marching in Wakefield's July 4th parade, on July, 4, 2018.
Of course, our original roots began with an annual performance as part of the Reading Summer Concert Series, and we look forward to the Sunday evening summer concert on Reading Common this summer, 2018.
Please come and see how our programming concepts and concerts are evolving!