Music to titillate tapping toes, young and old alike! The Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band (CCB) performs a variety of concerts throughout the year around Central Illinois. From concerts Miller Park, Wesley Methodist Church, and Westminster Village, to the every-Thursday-night summer concerts in Franklin Park, to parade appearances for events in places around central Illinois.

Volunteer musicians providing free concerts to the local community.  The band has around 70 volunteer members from the Central Illinois area. The B-N Community Concert Band is sponsored by the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department. We are always looking for new members. Just show up at a rehearsal and bring your horn or your sticks (we do have our own percussion gear).

Newly researched history of the CCB

Image of Old Municipal BandThanks to band member, Dr. Robert Fisher, the CCB has a newly researched story of its history to share with the band and its many patrons.  Our thanks to Bob Fisher and all those who contributed memories and documents to complete the CCB’s history.  Check out our History page to read the full story.

Bloomington-Normal has had a community or municipal band for over a 100 years.  The photo is from around 1915—best guess.   See comments on the historical photo.

Funding support for the Community Concert Band has come from State Farm Foundation Grants, City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation DepartmentHarmon Arts Grants, and an Illinois Prairie Community Foundation David & Kay Williams Music Education Grant

In Memoriam

The CCB is saddened by the loss of three of its members this year, two double reed players and a percussionist: 

John Schulz, oboe (March 2023), Suzanne Kaehlert, bassoon (May 2023), and Craig Ryan, percussion (June 2023)

All three were long-term members of CCB serving in various roles. Most recently John served as president and Suzanne as treasurer.

All three are shown here performing in past concerts with the band. They will be greatly missed. 

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