THE NEW BERLIN COMMUNITY BAND

TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS

Also introduce new director

Dr Darrell Brown

The New Berlin Community Band (NBCB) has announced its 20th season of concert performances for 2019-2020. In addition to this milestone, a new director will be on the podium leading the band. Dr. Darrell Brown was chosen this spring as the band’s fourth conductor.  Since 2017, Dr. Brown has been a Lecturer/Director of Instrumental Music at Carroll University in Waukesha, directing the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and the Chamber Orchestra.  Dr. Brown received his doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is also an active composer and guest conductor around the world. “The opportunity to direct such an accomplished community musical ensemble is something that I cherish and have sought for a long time,” says Brown.

New Berlin’s mayor, Dave Ament, has been chosen to be the season’s opening announcer. As a great proponent of the New Berlin Community Band and the fine arts in general, Mayor Ament will provide insight for each musical selection at the hour-long concert on Friday, November 1st, 7:30pm at the West PAC.  Other concert dates for the 2019-20 season are: December 13, 2019, February 21, 2020, and May 11, 2020. The selection of music and potential themes are still under development but tend to be exciting, challenging, yet welcoming for both the audience and the musicians. Concerts are free, with donations accepted at the door.

The band has grown in many ways since its inception in 1999. Since 2016, The West Performing Arts Center, 18695 West Cleveland Avenue, has been the New Berlin Community Band’s performance venue. The band welcomes the opportunity to perform in a true concert setting. The band has grown musically under the baton of past directors Lansing Dimon, Jay Huenink and Dr. Nick Contorno, the founding director. NBCB remains associated as a nonprofit organization with the East Troy Community Band under Jay Huenink’s direction. A yearly scholarship awarded to a local high school band student is the latest expansion of the band’s community outreach.

In addition to formal concerts, the band makes community service appearances throughout the year. Veteran’s Day, Memorial, Day, and Patriotic Citizens’ Day are three of these New Berlin civic activities along with the Christmas and 4th of July parades down National Avenue. Concerts given at area senior living communities are also part of the band’s community outreach mission.

The band consists of approximately 40 volunteer, adult instrumentalists from throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The band rehearses at Hoeppner Horn Bros. VFW 17980 W Beloit Road in New Berlin on Monday’s 7-8:30pm Sept through June (starting September 9th.) New musicians are always welcome. No audition required. Follow the band on Facebook. 

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The New Berlin Community Band is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to contribute positively to the musical environment in the community through public performances while providing an enjoyable, challenging, and educational musical experience for the members.