Organized January 1972, The Naples Concert Band originally consisted of 10 musicians playing to hundreds of musical lovers. Today, our band has grown to over 80 musicians who often play to thousands during peak season here in Naples. We love to see friends, neighbors, and members of the community enjoying a night of music in our beautiful city!
In 1983, we established the Kenneth P. Wolfe Memorial Scholarship program and awarded $500 to the first high school student band member — who we are proud to say is now a full time adult participant in the Band. Since that time, the Band has awarded over $100,000 in student scholarships.
The Naples Concert Band has also worked closely with the City of Naples to build the original Band Shell in Cambier Park in 1987 and the major renovation in 2001. This outdoor stage has not only benefitted 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, raised over $500,000 for the construction and renovation, and actually installed the memorial bricks in front of the stage. It was a labor of love that we still love seeing today!
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.
Please consider sponsoring a Sunday concert, placing a Sponsorship Ad in our program or providing a special gift or donation. Thank you!