The organization was founded in 1944 to give amateur musicians a place to play their
instruments and to provide quality band music for the community. This has not changed. The Band currently gives four free
summer holiday concerts in the Pavillion in A. K. Bissell Park and six indoor concerts as part of the subscription series.
These are presented in either The Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center or the Grove Theater.
The band is a tax exempt, non-profit organization registered in the state of Tennessee. It is a member of The Arts Council of Oak Ridge and The Association of Concert Bands, the international voice of adult bands. We rehearse every Thursday night, 7:30-9, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, give concerts usually on Sunday afternoons and welcome as performing members anyone who plays a suitable instrument.
Oak Ridge Community Band Summer Concerts |
The Oak Ridge Community Band summertime series of outdoor concerts are performed at A.K. Bissell Park, 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. These are FREE concerts; however, donations are gratefully accepted for band expenses. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating around the Performing Arts Pavilion, and a paved area is available for wheelchairs. Razzleberry's Ice Cream Lab will be present in the park during our concerts to sell cool refreshments.
Oak Ridge Community Band/ Wind Ensemble Subscription Series Concerts |
For the Fall, Winter, Spring season the same group of musicians goes more formal as the Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble - presenting a series of concerts under a general theme for the concert season. These concerts are usually on Sunday afternoons and are presented at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, Central Baptist Church of Oak Ridge and First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge.
Oak Ridge Community Band/ Wind Ensemble 2017-2018 Subscription Series Concert Schedule
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All the above concerts are on Sunday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. The ORHS Performing Arts Center is located at 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Central Baptist Church at 130 Providence Road, and First Baptist Church at 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Tickets at the door for the above concerts will once again be a modest $5 for adults over age 18 and free admission for children through high school age. Persons who would like to become a subscription season member and purchase a member card for just $15 which is comparable to free admission to 50% of the 6 concerts scheduled in October, November, December, January, February, and April can send $15 per person to ORWE, P.O. Box 6980, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-6980. Member card(s) will be mailed to you. Another opportunity to purchase season member cards will be available at the October 9 concert.
Better yet, become a Sponsor ($25), Patron, ($50), Benefactor ($100) or Special Benefactor ($150 or more) which will help the Community Band to better serve the community and perhaps gain a tax advantage for yourself.
The Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/The Oak Ridge Community Band
P. O. Box 6980
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6980
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