The Arkansas City Community Band has announced its schedule for its 146th consecutive season. It is the longest-running band in existence in the state.

The band performs a wide variety of music throughout the summer. It is open to wind and percussion musicians of high school age or older.

The continuation of the band is dependent upon members of the community to keep this great American tradition going in the community, according to Chris VanGilder, the director of the band.

“It doesn’t matter if you are a high school or college student, a longtime member of the group, or a community member who hasn’t played in a while who wants try their hand at it again — there is a spot for you,” VanGilder said.

“And bring a friend with you — the more members we have in our band, the bigger and fuller the sound, and there will be less individual responsibility. If you need an instrument, let us know — we just might be able to help.”

The Arkansas City Community Band is the oldest continuous organization of its kind in the state.

The band is supported by the taxpayers of Arkansas City, which allows organizers to pay the musicians a small stipend and purchase some music each year.

All rehearsals are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Arkansas City High School band room.

Rehersals will be held on May 22, May 23, May 25, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20 and June 27.

A July 11 rehearsal only will be scheduled if there is need to use the July 13 make-up date.

Concerts will take place at the Wilson Park rotunda unless otherwise indicated below.

Call time is 30 minutes prior to the concert time. There is a dress code for performances. Shirts will be provided.

Performances have been scheduled for:

  • 7:30 p.m. June 1;
  • 7:30 p.m. June 8;
  • 7 p.m. June 15 — this will be a special combined concert with the Kansas Army National Guard Band;
  • 7:30 p.m. June 22;
  • 7:30 p.m. June 29;
  • 7 p.m. July 4 at First United Methodist Church;
  • 7:30 p.m. July 6;
  • 7 p.m. July 10 at Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor;
  • 7:30 p.m. July 13 — this date has been set aside for a make-up concert, if needed.