The Ridgewood Concert Band
Dr. Chris Wilhjelm, community leaders, and musicians founded the Ridgewood Concert
Band (RCB) in 1983 with the idea of providing high quality performing venues for
the many accomplished wind and percussion players living in the New York Metropolitan
area. The RCB is proud that audiences containing large numbers of students, adults,
and seniors regularly attend the concerts.
Through the years, consistently high level performances have led to the production
of two commercially released CDs, performances on the East coast, and peer recognition
through the awarding of the be edited John Philip Sousa Foundation's coveted Sudler
Silver Scroll Award in 1996.
The RCB performs an annual series of concerts presenting the very finest in wind
band literature for capacity audiences. Ranging from light classics and famous marches,
to cutting edge compositions by today's brilliant composers, the band's programming
has drawn critical attention for its variety and depth. Originally launched as the
Ridgewood Community Concert Band, an early review praising the band's fine performance
proclaimed this is no "Community" band. The Board of Directors decided to incorporate
as The Ridgewood Concert Band.
The members of the Ridgewood Concert Band come from all walks of life. The musicians
and board members are drawn together by a common dedication to the study, performance,
and support of great music.
The quality of RCB performances has attracted world class soloists from the New
York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, radio and television
personalities and other nationally renowned performers and conductors. The Ridgewood
Concert Band has also been active in the commission and performance of new works.
The Ridgewood Concert Band is actively engaged with area schools, offering opportunities
for talented school musicians to perform with the band. In 2006, the band launched
a scholarship program that reaches a large network of high schools in the region,
inviting musicians who plan to seek a career in music to compete for scholarship
funds. Winners showcase their talent as a featured soloist with the band. The competition
and concert is one of the highlights of each season.
Each year the RCB performs a subscription series of concerts at their performance
home in the West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
The RCB has also obtained world wide recognition through international touring:
- 1998 - Central Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria
- 2003 - Southern France: The Riviera Reeds Festival, La Croix Valmer; Le Pradet
- 2008 - China: Shanghai, Hangzhou , Xian , Beijing
- 2009 - Brazil: Sao Paolo, Santos, Novo Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto
- 2010 Germany, Austria, Italy; Garmisch, Munich, Salzburg, Schladming Festival, Venice