Dr. Christian Wilhjelm, conductor and music director of the Ridgewood Concert Band
(RCB), is the recipient of the 2012 Association of Concert Bands (ACB) Outstanding
Conductor Award. This award was created to acknowledge an ACB member conductor for
their conducting skills, musicality, community contribution and educational foresight.
Dr. Wilhjelm has been the conductor and music director of the RCB since its founding
in 1983. Under his direction, the RCB has become widely recognized as one of the
leading wind orchestras in the nation. The ensemble was selected for the honor of
performing at the ACB Conference in Poughkeepsie, NY in 2012.
The purpose of ACB is to encourage and foster adult concert, community, municipal,
and civic bands, and to ensure that each musician who wishes to perform may have
that opportunity; every community may have the opportunity to take civic pride in
its band; and citizens of the world community may enjoy live performances of band
ACB members include bands, individuals, and corporations who are uniquely dedicated
and equipped to serve the needs of adult instrumental musicians that perform in
and/or lead adult concert bands. ACB's philosophy is manifested in such projects and
goals as the ACB Band Builder's Manual, sponsored clinics, Project Posy, and ACB