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Community Band Resources

The Community Band: A Manual of Organization and Operation

Throughout its history, NCB has been widely-regarded as a leader in the development of community bands across the nation. In addition to performances, recordings, and the sponsorship of three adult band conferences, NCB also published a comprehensive how-to guide called The Community Band: A Manual of Organization and Operation, which has been used to start or improve many community bands in the United States over the past 36 years.

Northshore Concert Band also presented a clinic session at the 2003 Midwest Clinic entitled "The Successful Community Band: Strategies On and Off the Podium." A panel of current and former NCB music directors and administrative leaders discussed musical and organizational lessons learned over the band's 48 years. Session attendees received CD-ROM containing over 150 pages of written resources and sample documents pertaining to the administration of adult bands.

Now, the contents of the CD-ROM is available online for our fellow community bands and orchestras. Our goal is simply to share with other community groups what we have found to work for us. Some of the materials may not be relevant to every group, but there is a wide range of resources including:

• NCB's constitution and by-laws,
• Personnel policies
• Sample grant proposals and fundraising letters
• Marketing materials
• Extensive audience development plan
• Incorporation and tax information,
• Volunteer structure,
• PDF file of a booklet written by John Paynter in 1977, The Community Band: a Manual of Organization and Operation

You must obtain the password from our administration to access these resources. to request a password, including your name, community band/orchestra affiliation, band/orchestra’s mailing address and website address, plus your email and phone number.

Please enter your password to view the Community Band Resources documents.

This project was made possible by contributions from the National Band Association, Mark Custom Recording Services, and Coe College Bands, as well as support from the John P. Paynter Foundation, Bands of America, Sharper Video, Skolnik Productions, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, and William and Janet Jesse.