Craven Community Concert Band

Directed by Mitchell Martin

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

Q: Who can be a member of the band?
A: Membership is open to any and all members who want to participate in the band. We only ask that you provide an instrument (with the exception of percussionists).


Q: Is there a fee?
A: There is no fee to participate. The only expense comes if you want to purchase a band shirt or concert DVDs.


Rehearsals

Q: Where are rehearsals held?
A: Most rehearsals will be in the New Bern High School band room. Prior to a concert, we may meet at the Grover C. Fields Auditorium.


Q: How long is a rehearsal?
A: Rehearsals start at 6:45pm and end at 8:45. We recommend coming in early to get a seat and get warmed up.  It can get packed in the band room. We recommend that you notify a section member if you will be late so that a chair can be reserved for you.


Q: How do I know when to get started?
A: The conductor’s signal to get started is when he steps up on the podium.


Q: Is there anything else I should know about rehearsals?
A: To minimize distractions, we ask that cell phones be turned off or on vibrate and stowed away during rehearsals. Also, all help with breaking down the room prior to leaving is appreciated.


Attendance

Q: How many rehearsals are there?
A: The community band typically meets anywhere from 6-10 times prior to a concert. In order to provide the best experience for all involved, we ask that you attend most of the rehearsals, especially the last two before the concert.


Q: What if I cannot attend all of the rehearsals?
A: If you know that you may miss several rehearsals, we ask that you wait until the next concert cycle to come to rehearsals. Since we want to be respectful of all our musicians, if there is concern about attendance and performance, the conductor may address it on a case by case basis.


Music

Q: What kind of music does the band play?
A: The band plays everything from classical music, Broadway, movie soundtracks, pop music, novelties, and standard wind band music from all difficulty levels.


Q: Can I take the music home?
A: Music folders are available for check out after rehearsal. Since folders are limited, we ask that folders be brought back by the next meeting.  Music folders can be dropped off at Fuller’s Music if you cannot make it to the next rehearsal.


Q: What part do I play?
A: Sectional leaders will usually distribute parts at the beginning of the concert cycle. We ask that you be flexible with assignments. We need strong players on all parts! If you do have concerns, please see the director or section leader.


Q: There’s a solo! Who plays it?
A: Solos may be given to more than one musician. This allows flexibility in the event that a part needs to be covered. The conductor will make a final decision as the concert nears.


Q: Is there anything else that I should know about the music?
A: Practice Makes Perfect!


Concerts

Q: What do I wear at concerts?
A: The CCC Band has 2 uniforms depending on the venue. The attire for all ll indoor Grover C. Fields concerts is a band shirt or white polo, black pants, black shoes, and black socks. For the May outdoor concert, the attire is khaki skirt or pants, and the band shirt or white polo. Band shirts are available for purchase starting in September.


Q: Will there be music stands available?
A: The band does borrow equipment from local schools. However, if possible, we ask that you do please bring your own black music stand.


Q: What if cannot attend a concert?
A: We ask that you if know that you will not be able to attend the concert, please notify the section leader and the director in advance. This will help with distributing key parts to members.


Q: Is there any other information?
A: If you can help with transporting equipment and/or helping setup and take down, that would be greatly appreciated!