What exactly makes a community band is a bit hard to define, but we like to think it’s a group of people who love music and are willing to be inclusive and generous with their talents and energy. Their musical repetoire, visual aesthetic, performance style, organizational mandate, and off-stage antics are as varied as the personalities that they attract.

Below are a few fantastic community bands that have caught our eye, but because this movement is fast growing and often chaotic by nature, this list is by no means exhaustive.

Vancouver Area

Delta Music Makers

Maple Ridge Concert Band

Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Vancouver)

Port Moody Concert Band

Royal City Concert Band (New Westminster)

Sambata

South Fraser Community Band (Surrey)

Vancouver Concert Band

West Vancouver Youth Band

Whalley Legion Band (Surrey)

 

British Columbia

Greater Victoria Concert Band

Nanaimo Concert Band

Prince George Community Band

Westshore Community Concert Band (Victoria)

 

Worldwide

Extra Action Marching Band (California)

Brass Liberation Orchestra (California)

March Fourth Marching Band (Oregon)

Environmental Encroachment (Chicago)

Leftist Marching Band (New Hampshire)

Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (Massachusetts)

Stick and Rag Villiage (Boston)

What Cheer? Brigade (Rhode Island)

Rude Mechanical Orchestra (New York)

Hungry March Band (New York)

La Grande Machin Chose (France)

La Banda del Surdo (Spain)

Tuten & Blasen (Germany)