The Blairsville Community Concert Band was formed in October in the year 2000. The band is an offshoot of an invitation by Warren Dosch, in that year the Blairsville High School Music Director, to the family and friends of the students to play at a high school band concert. The original participants who accepted that invitation to play enjoyed the experience so much they met after the high school concert and formed the Blairsville Community Concert Band. Today we number approximately 55 members including students, businessmen, instrumental music teachers, a retired band director, and a number of our neighbors both amateur and profession musicians. We are comprised of area children and adults ages 16 to 86 years.
The concert band has played annually at Blairsville’s Knotweed Festival celebration. Annually the band also presents a Veteran’s Day concert at the River Valley High School’s Center for the Performing Arts. The band has performed for Blairsville’s Elks Flag Day ceremony, Blairsville’s Concert in the Park series, Jimmy Stewart’s birthday celebration in Indiana, PA, at the Diamond in Ligonier, PA, and many other area concerts. In the off season, a brass choir from The Blairsville Community Concert Band has played for St Andrews Village, Keeper of the Flame and other retirement home residents at Christmas time. The brass choir has also performed annually for Blairsville’s “Light up night” celebration.
By performing, we hope to demonstrate the talent, joy, and satisfaction of the local artists, thereby encouraging others to play and perpetuate the art of traditional live concert music in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The purpose of the organization is to preserve the art of live band music in our community, and to provide our members an outlet in which they may express their unique musical instrumental and vocal artistic talents to the Blairsville area, in Indiana and Westmoreland Counties, and surrounding communities. The band hopes that its artistic contribution, live music, will be appreciated by young and old of this community now, and for generations to come. Membership in the band is voluntary, and anyone who can read music is welcome to join. Ask any band member after any of our concerts about joining the band. Learn more about the band and upcoming performances at http://www.bccband.com or visit us on “Facebook”!
Director: David Brozeski
Assisted by: Don Varuola
Board of Directors:
Joe Profeta, President
Marilyn Manski, Vice President
Pam Long, Secretary /Treasurer
Joe Canton, Board Member