Craven Community Concert Band

Directed by Matt Farquhar


About the CCCB

Since the year 2000 more than 200 musicians have played in the band, which normally has about 75 players. The group is about equally mixed: middle school students, high school students, active working adults and retirees. Several of the adult members are either current or former directors or have been professional musicians. Others played in college or high school bands and enjoy playing in an organized group. The band performs a mix of classical, popular, Broadway, and patriotic music.

Matt Farquhar - Director

Matt's statement to the band on being selected Director: I am extremely proud to join the Craven Community Concert Band as Director and look forward to making music, having fun and performing for the community.  Community Bands are part of the fabric of our great nation and help instill a sense of community pride and civic identity. The Craven Community Concert Band has a tremendous reputation for excellence and I am honored to be a part of this outstanding group. 

MGySgt (Ret.) Matthew Farquhar entered the Marine Corps from Atlanta, GA in 1980. Upon completion of recruit training at Parris Island SC, he attended the basic music course at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, VA and first fleet assignment was as a trumpet player with the Fleet Marine Force Pacific Band in Pearl Harbor, HI.  He returned to the School of Music to complete intermediate level training in 1985 followed by assignments with the San Diego Marine Band and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band in Okinawa, Japan in 1988. In both units he had the opportunity to lead the Show band, Jazz Ensemble and as Assistant Drum Major. In 1989, he returned again to the School of Music and upon graduation of the Enlisted Band Leader course was selected to remain on faculty to serve as a rehearsal conductor which included duties as the Jazz Ensemble Branch Head.  The following year, he was selected as the  Conducting Instructor and entrusted with the conducting training of future Marine and Navy Unit Leaders. In 1991, he was selected as Instructor of the Year and earned the instructor designator Master Training Specialist. In 1993, MGySgt Farquhar was one of six Marine Musician's selected to pilot a new nationwide Marine Musician recruiting program. After graduating from Recruiter's School in San Diego, he was assigned to the 6th Marine Corps District in Atlanta, Georgia where he represented Marine Music for eight states in the Southeastern United States. The program is still in place today and has had an enormously positive impact on Marine Music. Further assignments include, Enlisted Band Leader of the Parris Island Marine Band, South Carolina from 96-98, Quantico Marine Band in Virginia from 98-99, and Albany Marine Band 99-06, where he served as the units Officer in Charge(Acting) for five years.  While in Albany, he led the Band through many events to include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland,  Fortissimo,  numerous joint concerts with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, Ontario,  the International Festival of Military Bands in Quebec City, Quebec, the U. S. Navy Ball in Keflavik Iceland and many events at Wall Street and Time Square in New York City. He was also personally presented the key to the city by the Mayor of Cedar Falls, IA.  As a guest clinician/conductor, he received the honorary title of "Kentucky Colonel" and was presented by the Governor of Kentucky.  He continues to receive invitations as a guest clinician for District and City Honor Bands around the U.S. and Canada and also serves as an International adjudicator. MGySgt(Ret) Farquhar was re-assigned to the School of Music in October 2006 where he served as the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Marine Detachment and conducting instructor. He also had the privilege to lead the first ever All-Star Marine Jazz Ensemble on a tour across the Southeastern United States and he continues to highlight Jazz whenever possible as truly an American form of music. In 2010, he founded the Band of America's Few, Inc, and currently serves as the organization's Director of Music and Chief Executive Officer.  The organization is a 501()3 veteran based group composed of former/retired Marine Musician's from all over the country and abroad and range in age from 22 to 75.  They have performed many times around the U.S and Canada to include the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Festival Tattoo, concerts for the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the city of Fredericksburg, Va, the city of Brighton, MI and numerous Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. LA. They also are a resource for bugler services for fallen brother and sister veterans. MGySgt Farquhar has earned a Bachelor of Science (Music) degree from the University of New York and his personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd Award), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (10th Award), the National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is married to the former Shannon Van Pelt and has three sons and one daughter. He retired in June 2010 after 30 years of service. 2014.