In 1992, the Lebanon Musicians Local 401-750 founded the Lebanon Community Concert Band as a performance opportunity for both professional and nonprofessional musicians. Since that time, the Lebanon Community Concert Band has lived up to its “community” name, supporting many patriotic, fund-raising and awareness-building events through its music. It raises money for the Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging's Meals on Wheels program through an annual concert it performs at the Maple Street Senior Community Center.The band also performs on Flag Day and a concert in November for Veteran's Day.
The band’s first conductor was Fred Erdman, a noted musician who led many concert bands during his lifetime, most notably the Palmyra Legion Band, the area’s premier concert band during the 1940s and 1950s. Succeeding Mr. Erdman was Russell Schneck, a clarinetist and retired instrumental music teacher in the Central Dauphin school district. He was followed by Charles Kreis, the band’s principal trombonist at that time and a retired instrumental music teacher in the New York state public school system. Timothy Erdman conducted the band for many years and retired in 2021. The band is presently led by Keith Richardson.
The Lebanon Community Concert Band mentors young aspiring musicians while fostering the performance of live music. Much of its library includes arrangements that pre-date World War I and are considered benchmarks in the concert band repertoire. Many selections have been donated by friends of the band, called “score angels.” If you would like to have a score purchased in your name, please contact our librarian, Bish Wolf, at (717) 272-8844.
The band is a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation. Your contributions are tax deductible.