The Centennial Community Band (CCB) is about creating opportunities for musical growth, thereby contributing positively to the musical environment of the areas it serves while affirming the community band position in American music. It is primarily a non-auditioned ensemble that particularly encourages persons who still have their instruments from high school and college years to join in and renew their musicianship skills with others in symphonic ensemble performance.
The CCB is a non-profit, charitable organization of musicians drawing mostly from the northern Twin Cities communities. Its members come from the cities of Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Lexington and Lino Lakes as well as the extended metro area. The band was founded in January of 2003 with the encouragement and continued support of Centennial Community Services. Membership is open to junior and senior high school students as well as post high school and adult brass, woodwind and percussion players. Freshmen and sophomore students may be considered for membership by audition or recommendation of their primary instrumental teacher.
Currently, the band rehearses with a core group of 35-40 musicians that bring varied skill levels and performance experiences to rehearsals. Their established goal of increasing the core group to around 55 committed members means there are openings in every section--woodwind, brass and percussion. Iinterested musicians are invited to join a few rehearsals without obligation any time during the season. Rehearsals are held Tuesday nights, September through May, at Centennial High School or Middle School band rooms from 7-9 pm.
Under the leadership of director, Jim Baxter, CCB performs a fall, winter and spring concert in the Centennial Performing Arts Center as well as one or two June concerts in the parks.
To sit in on rehearsals or talk with someone about CCB, visit http://centennialcommunityband.org/ or call 763-785-9007.