For the last few months, I’ve been playing with the Madison Community Band. It’s been a good experience and fun to relearn musical skills I’ve long ago forgotten. The group has about 35 regular musicians and invites new members to join.
The band is a diverse group, both in age and musical skill. Keeping them all on beat is a difficult job, but director Mark Johnson does it with a great sense of humor. Mark is the former director of the Trimble County High School Band and current building inspector for the city of Madison, Indiana.
The whole operation is non-profit and funded by donations. Director Johnson and countless others invest their time to keep the band organized, supplied with music, and available for free community concerts. Contributions to the band are tax-deductible and always welcome. Checks can be made out to the City of Madison – Community Band and sent to 101 W. Main St., Madison, IN 47250
The band has practice from 7 – 9 PM on Tuesday nights in the basement of the Brown Gym. The group is open to new members at any time. For more information, contact director Mark Johnson at (812) 599-0840 or email@example.com.
The band has a full performance schedule. We’ve played at nursing homes, churches, and several outdoor events sponsored by the Mayor. Watch for upcoming events in the Madison Courier or visit the group’s Facebook page. They also have a webpage that lists upcoming concerts.
- July 7th Clifty Falls State Park. 7:30 p.m. before the fireworks
- Mayor’s Concert Series. August 28th Lamplighter Park. 7:30 p.m.
- December 18th, 2012. Christmas Concert at Clifty Falls State Park.