OUR BAND

about us

Our Mission

The Washtenaw Community Concert Band provides a welcoming environment where musicians of varying skill levels can develop, broaden, and express their musical abilities through rehearsal and performance. WCCB strives to provide its members, its concert audiences, and the communities it serves with quality musical experiences that inspire a greater appreciation for concert band music.

About the Band

The Ypsilanti Community Band (YCB) and Washtenaw Community College (WCC) have entered into a formal partnership, effective June 1, 2010, such as to create the performing group Washtenaw Community Concert Band (WCCB). The band consists of community players from the WCCB and students in WCC's recently-created "MUS 112 (Concert Band)" course.

There were 59 players for the first concert in 1979. Today, membership has grown to about 80 and is increasing. Many of the Band's members commute to rehearsals and performances from a considerable distance. The players in the Band range in age from teens to "in their 80's." Only a few are or have been professional musicians of any sort; most are people from a wide variety of walks of life who played in high school and/or college and who enjoy making music with other adults.

In recent years, the Band has performed concerts in October, December (a holiday program shared with the Ypsilanti Community Choir), February or March, and May—all in Towsley Auditorium in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. In the summer, the Band's schedule has often included performances on Memorial Day at the Yankee Air Force Museum in Willow Run, a patriotic concert in an Ypsilanti-area park just before July 4, a concert in another Ypsilanti-area park in July, a performance in Milan in August, and a concert at the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival in August. The Band also performs regularly for the UA (plumbers and pipefitters) completion ceremony in the EMU Convocation Center each August.

The WCCB has also appeared at the Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands in Okemos, in Ypsilanti's Depot Town, in downtown Ypsilanti, and at Selfridge Air Guard Base in Macomb County, among other venues of recent years.

The Band is deeply committed to several strong traditions, one of which is no auditions for players and another of which is all concerts are free to the public.

The Washtenaw Community Concert Band is a longtime member of the national Association of Concert Bands.

Board of Directors

The band is guided by an 11-member elected Board of Directors plus the Conductor, who is an ex-officio Board member. The board oversees seven committees that manage fundraising, publicity, the music library, property and equipment, social activities, personnel, and electronic media. The current board members are:

  • Shirley Cafmeyer, President
  • Don Chaffin, Vice President
  • Joseph Burke, Treasurer
  • Susan Westhoff, Secretary
  • Richard Amick
  • Larry Gray
  • Rebecca Horvath
  • Millie Irwin
  • Jim McGraw
  • Chris Schwartz
  • Tom Warner