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In 1972, a group of 10 talented musicians gathered to perform old-fashioned, Sunday afternoon concerts in the park. Today, the 90-piece all volunteer musicians of the Naples Concert Band perform marches, pops, show tunes, semi classical and classical selections to the delight of thousands. Each concert is unique, often enhanced by the appearance of guest conductors, soloists and vocalists as well as special instrumental presentations by band members.
While known for contributing to Naples’ cultural scene the Band has been providing exceptional musical entertainment monthly from October through April at its Sunday Concerts, and one special Saturday Concerts in the Park. These concerts are free to the public and held at the Band Shell in Cambier Park. It has been their pleasure to continue this tradition for the past 48 years and counting! The Naples Concert Band is also proud of its commitment to educating the next generation of musicians and enhancing the place it calls home – Naples.
Private donations and audience contributions account for approximately 87 percent of the Band’s operating budget. All of our outstanding musicians are volunteers.
The NCB has a special partnership with the Music Foundation of Greater Naples to host Middle School Master Classes where groups of two to six students are coached by professional musicians – including NCB musicians, music educators, experienced performers, and student music education majors at the Bower School of Music and Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition to providing instructors for this important program, this past year, the NCB contributed $5,000 toward its operating expenses as well.
Area high school and college students have the opportunity to perform alongside the Band’s seasoned musicians, from former band instructors to professional musicians who have performed on Broadway. To join the NCB and be eligible for scholarships, student members must meet stringent criteria, including initial auditions for membership.
Thus far, NCB has awarded over $115,900 in scholarships to these deserving students. We rely on your generous donations to continue this long-standing tradition.
In 1987, the NCB also organized the successful petition of the City of Naples to build the original Band Shell at Cambier Park. After diligently raising over $500,000 to construct the stunning, one-of-a-kind facility and its subsequent renovation in 2001 (and even installing the memorial bricks in front of the stage!), the NCB is proud to perform each month there to audiences in the thousands. And, the band isn’t the only one to benefit from this persistence. The Band Shell is consistently in use by many other local and visiting performance groups and has made Naples a destination for music aficionados and first-time spectators year after year.
It is thanks to your attendance and support that we are able to continue entertaining the community and sharing the joy of music!
2019 Naples Concert Band scholarship recipients:
First Baptist Academy, Marc Costello Memorial Scholarship
Lely High School, Bill Belaney Memorial Scholarship
Florida Gulf Coast University, Frank M. Ewing Memorial Scholarship
Since the inception of the NCB’s Kenneth P. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship program in 1983, the band has awarded over $115,000 in student scholarships to more than 100 local students – many of them winning multiple awards. They are awarded to mostly to high school and college musicians who go on to become full-time band members. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee and five requirements are considered, including participation; musical proficiency; grade point average, character, and integrity; school and community service; and seniority or number of years in the NCB. To be eligible for the scholarship, students are required to submit an application to play in the band; play a minimum number of rehearsals and concerts in the band; and provide a related comprehensive essay about the importance of music in their lives. Donations at each of the band’s Concerts in the Park go toward the band’s scholarship fund.