In 1992, members of the big band at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge, having amassed a large collection of concert band music, formed the Elks Concert Band. Several years later the band changed its name to the Portland Metro Concert Band to better reflect its membership and mission.
The group’s philosophy, taken from its 2013 Bylaws, follows: The Portland Metro Concert Band is committed to community service through giving public performances to the community and providing rehearsal and performance opportunities for local musicians. The band values the community in which it serves, providing both entertainment and enlightenment through quality musical performances and the rendition of great musical literature. The band believes in supporting longtime musicians, as well as in nurturing the re-identification and restoration of dormant musical talents.