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Welcome to our website!  Bay Concert Band gave many of us a reason to pull our old high school instruments out of the closet after many years of not playing, and we are glad we did. Members of Bay Concert Band enjoy playing music together, performing for audiences and developing new friendships.

Be sure to check our schedule for the season.  We will be adding information about each concert as the season progresses.

Our members are a diverse group, ranging from 18 to 80+ years of age and from varied musical backgrounds. Some of us have a simple love of music; others are band directors, music teachers, highly accomplished musicians and music major college students.

Our main purpose is to promote the musical arts within our community and inspire and support youth who are interested in pursuing a career in music. To help young musicians, we offer a scholarship program to assist them in attending music camps during the summer throughout Michigan.

Why not consider joining our band? Come join the fun and camaraderie! All former high school and college musicians who can demonstrate musical competence on their instrument are welcome to join us. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the band room at Bay City Central High School. Use the door at the northwest end of the school, on the corner of Columbus Avenue and McLellan Street. For more information on joining the band, please contact Jim Griffiths, board president, on Bay Concert Band’s Facebook page.

Also, if you would like to hear a certain genre of music or a particular piece, be sure to contact us.

We’re also interested in expanding our concerts to feature the performing arts! So if you’re a singer, an accomplished instrumentalist, pianist, dancer, storyteller, magician, etc., contact us. Let’s discuss the possibilities and partner together on some performances. Please contact any board member.

To hear about our latest news, please subscribe to our website feed by clicking on the “RSS Feed” or “Add to Google” links found in the right sidebar. By subscribing, you will be notified when we post new announcements and concert dates. Thank you again for visiting. We hope to see you at our upcoming concerts!

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Bay Concert Band was the brainchild of Peg Rowley, Dr. James Fenton, James A. Griffiths and Walter Cramer. They placed two articles in The Bay City Times requesting former band students who had graduated from high school to come to the Bay City Central band room to organize a community band. Seventy-seven musicians attended the first …

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About Our Conductor

  PETER MAKAR JR. IV Music Director A native of Detroit, Michigan, Peter Makar Jr. IV graduated from Livonia Bentley High School in 1968 and continued his education by attaining a degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Makar retired after 36 years in …

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