Sponsored by the
City of Eden Prairie
Eden Prairie Community Band &
Entertain the people of Eden Prairie while fostering and encouraging the
social, education and cultural purpose of promoting and preserving community
band activities. Provide fellowship and a means for adult musicians to play
for their mutual enjoyment and musical growth.
- Rehearse concert band and smaller
ensembles on a weekly basis.
- Promote celebrations of the
community by organizing and performing a minimum of 10 community concerts
within Eden Prairie.
- Promote the concert band and small
ensemble performances by performing community concerts within neighboring
- Promote life long recreation by
connecting with the Eden Prairie High School Band Department by performing
at the District Band Concert and utilizing high school students within the
summer musical orchestra.
- Open to adult musicians in the city
of Eden Prairie and surrounding communities.
- Have an interest, talent and
constructive attitude toward performing music.
- Able to actively participate in the
Band during a one-year term from September to July.
Steps to ensure a successful
registration with the band:
- Present name to director.
- An opening must exist in the
section (70 active members total).
- Director interviews prospective
- Prospect is invited to two
- Director notifies section leader
and band secretary (updates the membership roster) of a new player to
- High school students are also
invited to play in the band with recommendation from HS Band
Director/Instructor or audition with the Community Band Director.
NOTE: Preferred member selection
status to Eden Prairie residents but does not limit non-resident adults from
- The band is a recreation program of
the City of Eden Prairie, is coordinated by the City of Eden Prairie’s
Arts & Special Events Coordinator and directed by the Community Band
Director and/or Associate Director and Jazz Band Director (contracted
positions with the City).
- Function within City limits unless
approved by the Coordinator to travel outside of the community. Trips
traveling out of the U.S. need approval by the Program Board and City
- Operate within an established
budget from the City of Eden Prairie. Coordinator must approve all revenue
and expenditures ahead of time and sign off and code all claims.
- Donations can be collected and must
be reported by the Coordinator to the band’s revenue account.
- Provide an environment free from
discrimination and unwelcome conduct that could be considered harassing,
coercive, disruptive, violent or threatening. Inappropriate or harassing
behavior will not be tolerated or allowed.
- Follow the City of Eden Prairie’s
behavior guidelines for suspensions or revocation of membership due to
inappropriate behavior within the band activities.
- The EPCB Program Committee is a
part of the Community Band Program. Set up to promote and work with the
Community Band Director and Arts & Special Events Coordinator on aspects
of the Community Band and its members.
- Accessibility sensitivity should be
- Admission price of concerts
- Audience transportation to
- Audience appeal
- Physical accessibility of
rehearsal and concert site(s)
- Perform a minimum of eight free
public concerts to the residents of Eden Prairie; i.e. 4th of July
Celebration, Garden Party, Jazz on the Prairie Festival, Arts Festival,
Holiday concert, two concerts at the Staring Lake Concert Series, and one
other spring or fall concert.
- Form an orchestra for the summer
musical productions and attend all necessary rehearsals and productions.
- For the purpose of the EPCB Program
Committee, the Community Band Director and Chair of the Program Committee
divides the band into a minimum of five approximately evenly divided
sections (example: Flutes; Clarinets/Oboes; Trumpets;
Trombones/Baritones/Tubas/Percussion; Saxes/French Horns/Bass Clarinets).
- A representative from each
section is selected by a simple majority vote of the section members
- Each Section Leader attends the
EPCB Program Committee meetings. If the leader can not attend a
meeting the section will select an alternate.
- A Section Leader may be removed
by a simple majority of the section with the approval of the Community
Band Director and Program Committee Chair.
- Section Leaders will conduct
band business within their section (examples: note absences of section
members at concerts and rehearsals, pass out music, lead sectionals,
welcome new members into their section, etc.)
the Band Members
The success of the band depends on you. Members are encouraged in musical
self-development by home practice and challenging music. Regular attendance
is extremely important, however, we know there will be times when you will
not be able to attend. If you need to miss a rehearsal or a concert:
- Call your section leader to let
them know you will be absent.
- If you have the folder at home,
please make sure the music gets to rehearsal by giving it to another band
member or dropping it off at the rehearsal site (Central Middle School).
- The School District encourages a fragrance and
scent-free environment. Occupants and visitors are asked to refrain from
using fragrance items while in district buildings.
During the regular concert season, members are expected to wear dark “dress”
clothing. Men are expected to wear suits and ties. During the summer season,
the band wears the Eden Prairie Community Band polo shirt and dark slacks.
Band members will need to purchase a band shirt at Bob’s Sports World in
The band meets every Thursday night from 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. in the Central
Middle School (CMS) band room. Members are encouraged to arrive at 6:45 p.m. so
that they may warm up and tune. The first rehearsal of the season is the
first Thursday after school starts and our summer session ends the last
Friday in July.
There are approximately ten annual concerts that the Community Band, Jazz
Band or the Ensembles perform at but are not limited to, these are:
February – District Band Festival
June – Jazz on the Prairie Festival (Jazz on the Prairie Big Band)
June – Staring Lake Concert Series
June/July – EPPAE Musical (Orchestra)
July 4 – 4th of July Celebration
July – Staring Lake Concert Series
September – Sunbonnet Days (Dixieland Band)
December – Holiday Concert
EPCB Program Committee
Work with the Community Band Director and Arts & Special Events Coordinator
on aspects of the Community Band and its members.
- At least once each quarter with an
agenda that includes all business relating to the activities of the
- The Community Band as a whole will
meet in October for the election of the officers and section leaders. Any
member of the committee may request additional meetings.
- All meetings of the committee and
the band shall be governed by informal parliamentary procedures.
The Program Committee consists of elected officers, section leaders, Band
Directors, and the Arts & Special Events Coordinator. The officer positions
are defined as Chair, Chair Elect, and Past Chair.
Program Committee Officers:
- The Chair Elect is elected by the
band membership at the annual band meeting and holds an office seat for a
total of three years with rotating responsibilities: First year as the
Chair Elect, second year as the Chair, and third year as the Past Chair.
- In the event that the office is
vacated for any reason before the current term is complete, a special band
meeting is held to elect a new member for the position.
- In the event that the office of the
Chair is vacated for any reason before the current term is complete, the
Chair Elect will assume the role for the Chair. A special band meeting is
held to elect a new member for the position of the Chair Elect.
- In the event that the office of
Past Chair is vacant for any reason before the current term is complete,
the Chair and Chair Elect will appoint a new Past Chair to complete the
remaining term of office.
- Members of the band interested in
serving as an officer must submit either a verbal or written notice to the
current Chair before or at the annual band meeting. The regular election
of the Chair Elect occurs in the month of October and shall be complete by
the end of October.
- Any officer may be removed without
cause at a band meeting by a 2/3-majority vote of the membership. The open
office is filled by the conditions stated above.
- The Program Committee appoints a
Recorder who must be a member of the band. The term of this position is
perpetual until the person resigns or is removed without cause by a
majority vote of the Committee. Upon a vacancy of the appointed office,
the Chair serves the duties of the position until the Committee appoints a
- Preside over all meeting of the
committee and band as available.
- Enforce due observance of the
- Call emergency meetings of the
Program Committee when necessary.
- Appoint committees as needed.
- Disband committees as needed.
- Be responsible to the band at all
times and accept and carry out any instructions given by the band.
- Maintain communication with the
Arts & Special Events Coordinator and the Community Band Director(s) on
all aspects of the band.
Chair Elect Duties:
- Perform the duties of the Chair in
the absence of the Chair.
- Serve as an advisor to the Chair.
- Assume other duties assigned by the
Chair or Program Committee.
- Coordinate the work of all standing
or special committees.
Past Chair Duties:
- Attend all meetings.
- Serve as an advisor to the Chair.
- Assume other duties assigned by the
Chair Program Committee.
- Keep an accurate record of all
business transacted at all meetings of the Program Committee and Band.
- Present in writing the minutes of
the previous meetings to members in session, the Band Director(s), and the
Arts & Special Events Coordinator.
- Post the minutes at the rehearsal
site for all band members to review.
Section Leader Duties:
- Represent the band section at the
Program Committee meetings.
- Conduct business within the
section. Examples: record absences of section members at the concerts and
rehearsals, pass out music, lead sectionals, etc.