The Bloomington Community Band is an all-adult volunteer concert band with membership ranging from 50 to 60 in number, and 18 to 85 years in age. A community band has existed in Bloomington, Indiana since 1838, although not continuously. The current BCB formally began in 1978 with sponsorship from the Bloomington JayCees and a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.
The band plays an average of 20 concerts per year at many civic events and public gatherings in Monroe County and the surrounding areas. A typical concert will consist of marches, popular tunes, concert band and light classical pieces. Each year the BCB presents a concert prior to the Bloomington’s Picnic with the Pops and a concert prior to the start of the Fourth of July parade. Also traditional are holiday concerts at College Mall and in several of the local retirement communities. Among other places, BCB concerts have taken place in Gosport, Elletsville, Spencer, Nashville, Linton, Mitchell, Orleans, French Lick, and several other towns and in state parks such as Brown County, Spring Mill, and McCormick’s Creek.
Literally hundreds of amateur musicians have enjoyed playing with the Bloomington Community Band over the years. In 2010, the BCB received two major awards in recognition of its contributions to the community: Downtown Bloomington Inc.’s Cassady Electric Volunteer of the Year Award and the Bloomington Volunteer Network’s Be More Award for Arts and Cultural Organizations. The band is a member of the Association of Concert Bands.