MCLA Community Band and Jazz Band to Perform on Wednesday


NORTH ADAMS, MA - After a few years on hiatus, the Community Band at Massachusetts College (MCLA) is back and will perform a concert on Wednesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center.

The concert, which will include a performance by the MCLA Jazz Band, is free and open to the public.

This semester, a number of local musicians recently returned to campus to participate in the College's Community Band, which was reinstated in January. Taught by Bill Chapman, who also teaches percussion and drum set lessons at MCLA, the band consists of seven students and 19 community members.

The group meets on Tuesday nights, from 6:30-9 p.m. All local musicians are encouraged to join. There is no charge to participate.

"We have a great balance," Chapman said. "The band includes four flutes, three clarinets, and a bass clarinet. We have two alto saxophones, a tenor saxophone, a baritone sax, a couple of French horns, four trumpets, two trombones, a tuba and percussion."

Having a mixture of students and community members in the band enhances all of the members' experiences in a variety of ways, Chapman said.

"(MCLA President) Mary Grant has done a great job in linking the community and the College," he said. "You see that in the artwork in MCLA Gallery 51. This is just another way for students that attend MCLA who aren't from the area to really be introduced to this community.

"Also, if I have a freshman in my class, they can sit next to a flute player who's been playing for 25 years. I definitely have a big age spread in this group. It's great," Chapman added.

A number of the community members who play in the band this semester participated in the former Community Band.

 "I have two trumpet players who are into their 70s and have played with this group since it began," said Chapman.

Although this semester's Community Band class soon will conclude, another will begin in the fall. Chapman encourages all musicians who live in the area to participate.

For more information, contact Chapman at .