The Central Michigan Area Concert Band was formed in the summer of 1973. After meeting a few years in Mt. Pleasant under several different directors, the band moved rehearsals to Shepherd and grew under the baton of Claude Lemmer, who was Director of Bands at Shepherd Public Schools. His leadership provided the Central Michigan Area Concert Band members a "lifelong learning" experience as they explore a broad range of musical literature for the concert band. Director Joe Radtke, also Director of Bands at Breckenridge Public Schools and Trombone Instructor at Alma College, carries on that tradition. Whether tackling one of the world's great marches, a medley of old standards, a collection of contemporary show or movie tunes, a novelty number, or a "serious" concert piece for band of any vintage, each musician in the ensemble uses the skills he or she has gained over years of practice and playing, as well as being challenged to "stretch" their abilities.
The CMACB meets year round presenting 8-12 concerts. The unauditioned, volunteer band members come from throughout the central Michigan area, some making a round trip of 100 miles or more to attend weekly rehearsals. The band members' ages range from students to octogenarians. The majority of members, of course, fall somewhere in between.
The band rehearses each Monday night at 7:00 p.m. in the band room of Shepherd High School. If you would like to join, you can do so simply by attending a rehearsal. E-Mail us for directions by using the link at the bottom of this page.
“Although it sounds like a professional group, it’s actually a group of volunteers committed to playing quality music. The Central Michigan Area Concert band is always a crowd pleaser.”--Robert Ebner, Director of University Events, Central Michigan University