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Our Mission

The Fredericksburg Concert Band offers volunteer area musicians a professional environment to assemble and play for their mutual enjoyment, to provide cultural and educational enrichment for the community through public performances, and promote further development of musical skills in students and musicians of all ages.

Our History

The Fredericksburg Concert Band was formed in November 1998 to musically enrich the culture of the Fredericksburg region and to provide a venue for musicians to further their musical talents. The band was formed by Kirby McClain and originally directed by John Easley. Our premier concert was on May 9, 1999 with 69 musicians. The band has performed in many events, including Fredericksburg Music Under the Stars Concerts at Hurkamp Park, the Spotsylvania Stars and Stripes Spectacular, Spotsylvania Summer Concert Series, the Charlottesville Community Band Festival, the Stafford County July Fourth Spectacular, Belmont Art After Hours, Fredericksburg Area Museum Sounds of Summer Concert Series, Germanna Community College commencements, and annual FCB Fall, Holiday, and Spring Concerts.  In the fall of 2018, for the kick-off of our 20th anniversary, the FCCB renamed itself Fredericksburg Concert Band (FCB) and updated its logo, website, and online accounts.

 

The FCB is made up of members from the Fredericksburg area.  We rehearse weekly to prepare to delight our community with concerts.  To support another of its corporate purposes, education, the FCB annually awards a scholarship to a talented graduating high school senior who is pursuing a higher education in music.  To further our charitable purpose, the FCB has an enduring relationship with Fredericksburg Salvation Army Youth Music Program.

 

The Elf Platoon

 

The Elf Platoon was formed in December 1998 by member Dave Taylor and is currently led by tuba player Michael Paquette.  The Elf Platoon can be seen playing for the Virginia Railway Express Santa Train and other holiday venues.

 

The FCB Memories Ensemble

 

The primary mission of the Memories Ensemble of the Fredericksburg Concert Band is to entertain the residents of the more than 15 assisted living facilities in the Fredericksburg area.  The 18 members of the ensemble play a variety of “good-time” music including oldies, big band, movie and TV themes, polkas, and patriotic tunes.

 

The Memories Ensemble was founded in January 2015 by trombone player and FCB Associate Conductor Ken Lipscomb.  Upon Mr. Lipscomb’s untimely death in April 2015, Jim Cordani became Director of the Memories Ensemble and served as Director until he moved back to Texas in 2019.  Deb Clare held the baton until June 2022 and we are thankful that Harold Pellegreen has stepped up as their interim conductor. 

 

The FCB Brass Quintet

 

The FCB Brass Quintet is an ensemble of five brass players composed of members of the Fredericksburg Concert Band.  The Quintet performs a variety of music genre from Classical, Pop, Jazz, Show Tunes, Patriotic, Dixieland, Folksongs, Ragtime, Weddings, and Big Band sounds.

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