The Community Concert Band is for SPC college music majors, college non-
History and Development
The Community Concert Band has been a staple at SPC for over 50 years under various
titles such as the College Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Concert Band. Recently,
the group was renamed The Community Concert Band at St. Petersburg College, and the
rehearsal time moved to Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to promote growth
through community involvement and better facilitate SPC student and community members’
schedules. In addition to weekly rehearsals, those participating in the ensemble
for college credit receive further academic instruction, regarding composers and
concert repertoire, through Internet-
Resources and Support
The Community Concert Band has the full resources and support of St. Petersburg College. This includes rehearsal and performance space at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus, the acoustically perfected SPC Music Center, and the Palladium in Downtown St. Petersburg. Multiple sets of timpani, chimes, concert bass drums, marimbas, xylophones, crotales, and vibraphones fill out our healthy set of percussion equipment. Over 800 pieces in our music library feature such masterworks as the Dahl Sinfonietta, the Hindemith Symphony for Band, Holst’s Hammersmith, Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, Ticheli’s Blue Shades, de Meij’s complete Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings,” Yo Goto’s arrangement of Puccini's Turandot, and much more. The Music Industry/Recording Arts program (MIRA) at SPC provides access to state of the art equipment and experienced engineers for recording projects. Most importantly, dedicated faculty and administrators work together to ensure the success of the program.
The Community Concert Band consists of standard woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments with no size limit. Included instruments consist of the following.
Music Major Empowerment Sessions
Continual improvement through character development, special projects, and individualized guidance towards empowerment.
Those enrolled the ensemble for credit may participate in weekly empowerment sessions.
The leadership program promotes character development, advanced time management
skills, people skills, and special projects. Students will aid in creating a customized
plan that promotes personal life balance and betterment of the music ensemble. Interaction
with section members provides real life application of learned skills. Program includes
*High school students accepted into the SPC ensemble must be members of their high school bands and positive influences on the high school music programs. Joining the SPC ensemble is an extra opportunity not a replacement opportunity.
John Mackey’s “Night on Fire” performed Dec 5, 2013.
Malcolm Arnold’s “Four Scottish Dances” mvt 2 performed March 6, 2014.
Excerpt of Larry Groupé’s “Heat Lightning” performed May 1, 2014.
Eric Whitacre’s “Noisy Wheels of Joy” performed March 6, 2014.