The Chester County Concert Band is a volunteer community band with a professional director. Band policies and appearances are approved by a Board elected from among the musicians. The band members pay annual dues (presently $35) and we accept a modest remuneration from the majority of our engagements to defray the cost of the music, purchase some band-owned instruments (in the percussion section), and support some recreational activities of the band. The annual Spring and Fall concerts also provide some income. Our director, David W. Reif, is compensated from the funds collected during the year.
As the CCCB has grown, we find that some sections of the band are close to being full. We play a wide variety of music, some of which is considered advanced high school or college level. We do not hold formal auditions. Please contact us first to find out if there is space available in your section of the band. Please contact Leslie Burnick (484-639-9118) for more information about joining the band. Thank you for your interest.
The Chester County Concert Band has established a composition competition for music students at selected Philadelphia region universities. Fitting with our non-profit goals of music education and performance for the community, the objective of the competition is to encourage composition for large wind concert bands such as the CCCB.
The 2016-2017 winner of the composition competition is Mark Lortz, PhD student at Temple University, with his composition "A Hero's Journey". Congratulations! The CCCB will be performing this at our Spring Concert, May 7, 2017.
Delaware Valley music students -- New rules and application form for the 2017-2018 Composition Competition are now available: Download 2017-2018 Composition Competition form
David W. Reif was appointed Music Director of the CCCB in March, 2004. He currently teaches general music, chorus and handbells at Radnor Middle School in Wayne, PA. He was the co-director of the Delaware Valley Young Musician's Orchestra 2000-2010. David taught band and orchestra at George Washington High School in Philadelphia, and prior to that, taught band at Rising Sun High School, in North East, Maryland. During his tenure at RSHS, he dramatically increased the size and quality of the band program. During this time, David also directed the Delaware Blue/Gold All-Star Marching Band, sponsored by the Delaware Foundation for Children with Cognitive Disablilities.
In 1992, David graduated Cum Laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Music Education and received his Master of Music in Horn Performance in 1999. He studied piano with Benjamin Whitten and Michael Steinberg and horn with Francis Orval and Cynthia Carr. In 1989, he attended the Annual Horn Symposium in Munich, Germany and the International Horn Course, in Budapest, Hungary. Additionally, David has earned 24 graduate credits through the University of the Arts at Villanova University. Highlights include: Instrumental Conducting and the Art of Expressive Phrasing with Jerry Nowak and Band Methods with Quincy Hilliard. David won national auditions to play horn at EPCOT in Walt Disney's 1991 All American College Orchestra conducted by James Christensen. Preparing for three different shows a day taught him that music needs to appeal to both the audience and the performers alike. His musical selections for the CCCB reflect this philosophy and he designs his rehearsals to be productive, rewarding, professional and fun.
Roger Lacy, Peggy Wicks, Leslie Burnick, Bailey Claeys