In 1933, a group of civic-minded musicians led by Dr. L. E. Dellinger and T. A. Harn started a band with the goal of providing music for civic and social functions around the city. The Greenville Municipal Band was active until the 1960s.
Not long after, in 1972, a similar group of musicians playing in Furman University's summer Lakeside Music concert series, thought it would be great to revive the musical legacy that started in 1933, and make that kind of musical experience available to the community year-round. They started the Greenville Civic Band, which was renamed the Greenville Concert Band in 2008.
Ever since then, the GCB has grown in both size and in quality of performance. Today, it is one of the finest community bands in the South.
The Greenville Concert Band promotes the quality performance and appreciation of band music of classical and popular genres, balancing audience appeal with challenging literature for its members. We provide an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians of all ages and walks of life to pursue their art in a relaxed yet purposeful environment. The band is committed to advancing the American Musical Experience, giving our best for our audiences. GCB serves the communities of Upstate South Carolina, principally Greenville County.
Each concert season, which roughly coincides with the public school calendar, the GCB rehearses weekly (usually on Thursday nights), and performs 10-12 public concerts at various venues throughout the county. Occasionally we schedule a concert in a neighboring community. We make our concerts free and open to the public, with few exceptions. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and we depend on donations from members and supporters, which are tax-deductible.
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