The Tacoma Concert Band, founded in 1981 by its Emeritus Conductor and Music Director Robert Musser, enjoys a regional, national and international reputation. The band’s mission is to provide the Puget Sound community with a professional quality wind ensemble performing the very finest symphonic band music; to offer a high-quality performance opportunity to local wind and percussion musicians; to support and encourage the region’s school band programs; and to reaffirm the community concert band’s position in American music. From its beginning concert at Stadium High School in 1981, through a progression of awards, commissions, European tours, and guest artists, the TCB has established itself as the Northwest’s premier community symphonic band.
The TCB performs an eclectic blend of musical styles ranging from Bach to Broadway and Strauss to Sousa, with its roots in the tradition of the finest European and American bands and extending through to new music commissioned especially for the band. The band has received many awards, including the prestigious Sudler Scroll of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, a national award for community bands of outstanding quality, and awards for excellence from the Tacoma and Pierce County Arts Commissions. In 2015, the band toured Spain and participated in an international band competition in Valencia.
TCB toured Scotland and Ireland this past summer (2018) and participated in the 39th Annual South of Ireland Band Competition taking the first-place trophy for Best Band, Best Performance of an Original Composition, as well as an award for Best Brass Section in the competition.
In 2011, upon the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Tacoma Concert Band, the Mayor of the City of Tacoma on behalf of the City Council proclaimed February 26, 2011 as TACOMA CONCERT BAND DAY in the City of Tacoma “to recognize the positive influence concert band music contributes to our society.”
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