The Rotterdam Town Band resides in the Capital District Area of Upstate New York.
It is our mission to provide the community with musical programs throughout the summer season, but also to provide a fun and interesting musical performance experience for our members. The Concert Band plays a broad range of musical styles; Marches, Big Band Music with Vocals, Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert Compositions, Show Tune Medleys, and Small Ensemble and Section Features just to name a few. The Jazz band also plays some old big band tunes, newer original jazz charts, and features solos by a broad range of local musicians. The music for both groups will be moderately easy so that as many as possible may participate.
RTB has over 85 members ranging in age from 12 to 70+. Some of us are learning a new instrument or trying out a secondary instrument, others are returning from years of not playing, and some of us are professional musicians and music educators keeping our chops in shape, our skills sharp, and just having fun playing! In short, we provide an opportunity for our membership to take part in an active performing band for their personal pleasure and enrichment while providing a valuable service to our community.
We will begin rehearsing for the 2016 summer performances on June 8th and wind up our performance season on the 25th of July. Check the "Schedule" page for more details.
There is no audition required for new members and no membership fee to join the band. Just unpack that old instrument and bring it with you to rehearsals. Monday is the normal day for both concert band rehearsals and performances from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For additional information on joining the concert band, please contact our esteemed Kapellmeister Extraordinaire, Dan Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely pleased and honored to have Dan Jones directing our band this year. Mr. Daniel Philpott-Jones is currently the high school band director at Mohonasen High School. Prior to that he directed the bands at Johnstown High School for 16 years. He is a saxaphonist by trade, but we forgive him for that because he's such a great guy, and also because he has played woodwinds professionally for the Cohoes Music Hall, Capital Repertoire Theater, Albany Symphony, and others. Dan is a 1988 and 1994 graduate of Ithaca College where he earned his Bachelors degree in music education and performance, and his Masters degree in music education. He is currently completing his 26th year of teaching in public schools.