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!