The Kalamazoo Concert Band was founded in 1961. The band's membership is comprised of over 100 adults from the southwestern Michigan area. Over 25 of these members are current or retired music educators and teachers while the rest represent a diversity of occupations. Membership in the KCB is by audition and the band rehearses weekly, performing four free concerts each season.
Now in its 46th season, the KCB is one of Michigan's oldest adult metropolitan bands, created out of a need for continuing symphonic band experience beyond that of high school and college instrumental music programs. In recent years the band has earned an enviable reputation, prospering under the guidance of an active executive board, community support, and increased funding. The band's annual budget is derived from donations, annual foundation gifts, local and state grants, and program advertising. The KCB's list of patrons, contributors, and benefactors is extensive, growing every season.
The Band's first performance of the season features selections celebrating Columbus Day while representing "The New World." The performance is slated for 8:00 pm Saturday October 14 at Kalamazoo Public School's Chenery Auditorium.