The Johnson City Community Concert Band was founded in September 1983 by members of the faculty of East Tennessee State University. Its purpose was to provide an opportunity for musicians to play on a voluntary, avocational basis, especially those who might have stopped playing after high school or college and did not have ready access to other playing opportunities.
For the first few years of its life, JCCCB was financially supported by the Johnson City/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, and was assisted by ETSU, which provided rehearsal space and lent it music, as well as the direct participation of music faculty for a long period. The band has averaged between four and eight concerts per year throughout its thirty year lifespan, all of them free, and has focused many of those performances on specialized audiences such as senior citizens, veterans, school children, and ceremonial occasions throughout the Tri-Cities area.
Presently, the band’s membership includes approximately approximately 80-85 musicians from essentially all walks of life, ranging from professional musicians to physicians, attorneys, dentists, school teachers, and various other occupations, as well as the occasional college and/or high school music student. The band offers a very low-key, amiable rehearsal environment, and, with membership turnover being relatively small, has gradually formed bonds among the members which are somewhat familial in nature.
Currently, the band rehearses on Monday nights at the Indian Trial Intermediate School at 7:15 p.m.
Dr. Christian Zembower is Director of Bands and Professor of Music at East Tennessee State University. Having just finished his 13th year (2019) at ETSU, his duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds, teaches instrumental conducting, instrumental music education methods classes, and assists in leading all aspects concerning the ETSU Bands program with his associate, Dr. Joe D. Moore, Director of Athletic Bands/Associate Director of Bands. Prior to Dr. Zembower's appointment in May, 2006 at ETSU, he served for eight years as the assistant director of bands at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. From 1996 to 1998, he served on the faculty as a doctoral graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi and was Director of Bands at Musselman High School in Inwood, West Virginia from 1992 through 1996. In addition to these duties at ETSU, he has served as full-time conductor of the Johnson City Community Concert Band for the last four years (2019).
Dr. Zembower holds a Doctorate in Music Education (emphasis in wind band) from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Frostburg State University (MD). An active clinician and conductor, he has adjudicated and/or guest conducted middle school and high school honor bands throughout the mid-Atlantic and mid-western regions of the United States. In April, 2010, Dr. Zembower was honored as a recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award in College of Arts and Sciences at ETSU.