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 sixty 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.