The Village Band was organized in 1974 by Dan Margoni, a music instructor in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system, as a place where the parents of his students could play their instruments. No auditions were required and everyone with an interest in music was welcome. The experience level of the membership ranged from near professional to people who hadn't played since high school, but wanted to play once again.
The Band has continued this tradition, welcoming to its rehearsals amateur musicians from all over the Triangle. Skill levels are as varied now as they were in the early days. Some members started playing recently after a 20+ year hiatus while others have enjoyed long and distinguished careers as amateur performers. And the ages of band members range from the teens (with several high school students in the membership) through the nineties. Players of all skill levels are welcome, and no auditions are required. If you are looking for a friendly and fun community band to play in, contact our band manager or our director, or come to one of our Monday evening rehearsals.
Our director is Dr. John Fuller of NC State University's Department of Music.
We play in a wide variety of venues: Carrboro Town Center and Century Center, retirement communities such as Carolina Meadows and Carol Woods, July 4 celebrations in Carrboro and at the Horace Williams House, Memorial Day concerts at the VFW in Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, and others. We typically play seven to nine concerts per year, performing a broad repertoire -- Sousa and concert marches, show tunes, classical transcriptions, traditional band music, patriotic pieces, and contemporary compositions. Our season runs from the first Monday after Labor Day weekend through the 4th of July. See our schedule for upcoming performances.
The Village Band is a non-profit 501(c) organization. Your tax deductible donation is appreciated! To contribute, please contact Becky Smith at bsmithb at nc.rr.com.