Murray Concert Band History
The Murray Concert Band was formed in 1986 by Cliff Millward and Robert Lentz, along with help from Dr. Charles Dick. The group was originally known as the Murray-Westminster Symphonic Band. Later, the name was changed to the Murray Symphonic Band, and subsequently to The Murray Concert Band. Dr. Craig Ferrin served as conductor from August 2007- Jan 2024. The band is a volunteer, community organization that continues to grow each season. Murray Concert Band is a nonprofit corporation ((501(c)(3)) supported by grants, member dues and donations.
Dr. Diane Taylor became conductor of the and in February 2024. The Band has approximately seventy members of all different ages who come from various walks of life. Occupations include teachers, engineers, nurses, students, salesmen, accountants, and office managers, just to name a few. The purpose of the band is to provide an opportunity where musicians can meet regularly “to make music together” in a friendly environment, as well as to educate the public to the traditions and social contributions of band music through our live performances. Four major concerts a year are performed , which are free to the public. This is our way of giving back to the community.
The band is managed by a Board of Trustees who are elected by members of the band. There is also a band secretary and treasurer who are appointed. The success of the band depends on contributions from these individuals, as well as the contributions of many others who volunteer to participate with advertising, music selection, equipment management, library, grants, special events and other essential tasks.
The band is always looking for committed new players over 16 years old with high school or college experience. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the band or need more information