Renew your musical spirit!
There was an era, before electronic entertainment, when every town had a band. It was part of the fabric of the community, providing music for the citizens before such was available at the touch of a button. For the most part, bands continue today within two sorts of entities: schools and in the military. There are many, many graduates of band programs among the population of Madison County, some of whom would be delighted to have a way to make music again.
Why should a community support a band as part of its recreational and cultural offerings?
- Making music is FUN!
- A band provides a sense of community among its members.
- A band provides an opportunity for social interaction, intellectual and emotional challenge, and a venue to share the music with family and friends.
- A community band gives its members a place to belong.
- Audience members have an opportunity for social interaction at the performances, and can be expected to take pride in “their” community band.
- The presence of a local band is an enticement to attract businesses, industry, medical personnel, and teachers to the area.
Hi! My name is John Stroube, and I am the Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the offices of which are in Richmond, Kentucky. Formerly I was a high school and college band director, and since I moved to Richmond I have believed there should be an adult band in my community! We have started one, and the turnout has been incredible! We have an excellent rehearsal and performance venue, and over 50 eager people playing in the group. We rehearse on Sunday evenings and most concerts are on a Sunday afternoon or evening. We generally take a few weeks off after a performance and re-group five weeks before a concert.
If you would like to be a part of this, I hope you will get in touch with me. I may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. See pictures of our first concert here.
(Pictures courtesy of David Greenlee who may be contacted at
Jean Stoddard contributed some pictures from April 18, 2010.
Hear the band in past concerts:
We collaborated with Lexington Vintage Dance on February 12, 2012. Click here to watch and hear that portion of the concert
- October 14, 2012, 3:00 PM, Madison Central High School
- December 9, 2012, 3:00 PM, Madison Central High School
- February 10, 2013, 3:00 PM, Madison Central High School
- April 14, 2013, 3:00 PM, Madison Central High School (with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller)
- TBA, 7:00 PM, Richmond Centre (summer concert series)
- July 3, 2013, 7:00 PM, the Ravine on the EKU Campus (patriotic concert with the Madison Singers)