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Welcome to the Portland Metro Concert Band Web Page.
The Portland Metro Concert Band, numbering some 45 members, is an adult band comprised of musicians who enjoy playing music. Participants range from college students to adult amateurs and retired professionals. They represent many fields of endeavor, including medicine, education, business, and finance. All the musicians, including the director, are volunteers.
The band rehearses weekly for ten months of the year and performs two formal concerts at the Horner Performing Arts Center at David Douglas High School. In addition, the band participates in the annual Mid-Willamette Valley Band Festival and makes appearances at churches, retirement centers, and community events.
In 1992, members of the Big Band at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, finding themselves with a fine collection of concert band music, formed the Elks Concert Band with Jay Burchak and Fev Pratt as co-directors. A few years later, the band changed its name to the Portland Metro Concert Band to better reflect its membership and mission.
In 2009 Jack Mahoney replaced Mr. Pratt in the co-director’s spot, upon his retirement in 2014 Dr. Roger Nickerson was chosen to succeed him. In 2016 Mr. Burchak retired from directing. The band was then under the sole leadership of Dr. Roger Nickerson until his recent retirement from the band in June 2017.
With the beginning of the new rehearsal season in September 2017, the band was excited to welcome Glenn A. Taylor as its new Musical Director, and Eben Fernando Heldreth as its Assistant Musical Director. These individuals bring a wealth of mixed musical experience to the band. Mr. Taylor's conducting background includes his educational years at the United States Military Academy at West Point and leading the Encore Brass and the Dixie Cups.
Mr. Fernando Heldreth, currently the Director of Instrumental Music in the Yamill-Carlton School District, brings with him music directing experience as an educator and his talents as a composer.
We welcome your support. Even though the Portland Metro Concert Band is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and composed of volunteers, it still incurs expenses. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. You may mail your tax deductible donation to PMCB, c/o R.W. Rees, Pres., at 17243 NE Wasco St, Portland, OR 97230. We look forward to seeing you at our next concert!
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