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Wanting to play in the Heritage Community Band?

If you’re a local musician who would like to be in the Heritage Community Band, please contact the director using the contact form on this website (see menu above). You may come to the first rehearsal on April 15th and sit in with the band so the director can determine your playing level and so you can see if you like it. We may be in need of a clarinet player or two, a bassoon and perhaps some other instruments. The best thing to do is contact the director and come to the first couple of rehearsals.

First Rehearsal Coming Up!

For band members and those interested in becoming members:

Our first rehearsal will be Wed. April 15. On Wed. April 8th, the Local 88 will have it’s meeting in the building next to the Benld Civic Center where we normally practice.

Passing of Rich McLaughlin

I am sad to report the passing of long time band member, Rich McLaughlin. Rich continued to play third clarinet for us despite his mounting age related health issues right up to the start of our 2014 season. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Rich the first year I was in the band. He always had a wisecrack ready and loved to talk about his years in college and his long career as a teacher, coach and principal. No one in the clarinet section will ever forget the added flourishes he would add when we played a march or polka. We send our condolences to Rich’s family and I’d like to thank Laurence for giving Rich rides to the rehearsals and concerts for the last few years. Though both his step and his tone faltered in the last year or two, his commitment to the band and to playing music didn’t wane for a minute.  I have great respect for that. I will never forget him.  DC

The visitation for Richard McLaughlin will be TODAY Thursday from 4 – 8 pm at Heinz Funeral Home, 212 East Main St. in Carlinville.  The funeral service will be 10 am Friday at Zion Lutheran Church, 501 South Broad St. in Carlinville.

Annual Kids & Family Concert and Special Guest Kris Pineda


This Thursday, July 31st 2014, the Heritage Community Band will present its annual Kid’s & Family Concert. Besides fun music for the kids, we will feature our special guest soloist, Dr. Kris Pineda, a Staunton native. Dr. Pineda is Asst. Prof. of Piano at SIUE. We’ll also feature our tuba player, Aaron Schmidt on an old band favorite. The free concert will take place Thursday, July 31 at 7:30pm at the bandstand behind Staunton Public Library. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and the whole family for a fun concert. The Heritage Community Band is the Municipal Band of Staunton, Mt. Olive, Gillespie and Benld. The concert is sponsored in part by the First National Bank in Staunton. This is our last concert of the 2014 Season so DON’T MISS IT!

Don’t Forget! Big Shake Daddies with our Band Tonight!!!

Come to a memorable concert. The Heritage Community Band will play John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare”, medleys of hits by the great Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra (featuring our young trumpeter and singer CJ Meno), Spinning Wheels (Blood, Sweat and Tears), and a fantastic Dixieland ensemble. Then the ever popular Big Shake Daddies will task over, so get your dancing shoes on and come to tonight’s concert. Better yet, invite some friends!! See you there!

Guest Trumpet Soloist for our Thursday, July 17th Concert

The band once again welcomes SIUE Professor of Trumpet Performance, who will be joining us on stage for our July 16th concert in Staunton. Dr. Korak will play Yellow Rose of Texas variations for band and maybe we’ll have another treat for you besides. Don’t miss! Thursday, July 17 at 7:30 PM at the Bandstand behind Staunton City Hall and Staunton Public Library. See you there!

Thursday 6/19/14 Concert to Feature Well-known Jazz Standards

Fun Concert Thursday Mt. Olive sponsored by FNB

 This Thursday (June 19) the Heritage Community Band will feature a concert of well-known jazz standards. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy unforgettable tunes from the Great American Songbook, as the band plays a tribute to Duke Ellington and other great tune masters. Come on out and sit in the cool shade at the historic bandstand on Main Street in Mt. Olive. The Mt. Olive branch of the First National Bank in Staunton will offer free bottled water to audience members. The Heritage Community Band is the Municipal Band of Staunton, Mt. Olive, Gillespie and Benld and is under the direction of Dr. Darryl Coan. See you there!