The Naples Concert Band was first organized in January 1972 as a municipal band to provide musical entertainment to the community. Over the years, the Band has grown from 10 musicians to 80 and audiences have grown from a few hundred to over 3,000 per concert during the peak of the season, which is evidence of the community’s interest and support.
In 1983 the Band established the Kenneth P. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship program and awarded $500 to the first high school student band member who is now a full time adult participant in the Band. Since that time, the Band has awarded over $100,000 in student scholarships.
The Band has also been very involved with the City in building the original Band Shell in Cambier Park in 1987 and the major renovation in 2001. This outdoor stage has not only benefited the Band, but is widely used by many other local and visiting performance groups. In all, the Naples Concert Band initiated the idea of a Band Shell on a City Wish List and raised over $500,000 for the construction and renovation and actually installed the memorial bricks in front of the stage.
With an operating budget of approximately $75,000 per year, the Band relies on individual and corporate gifts to enable it to continue offering free concerts in the park. The Band is grateful to the City of Naples and the Collier County School District for the use of rehearsal and concert sites. Over 87 percent of the budget comes from private donations and audience contributions at concerts. The Band receives no governmental financial support of any kind.
The tremendous growth in audiences has inspired the Band to reach new levels of performance. This required additional funding for equipment, music, printing, marketing, and related expenses. In addition, the Band has established an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Collier County and would like to build its reserves as a means to support major capital expenditures, supplement scholarships, and meet extraordinary expenses. Sponsor a Sunday concert, place a Sponsorship Ad in our program or provide a special gift or donation.