What's the organization's motto?
Pride in every note.
What type of music do you play? How hard is the music?
We play all sorts of music including classic standards, orchestral transcriptions, pop, film, and Broadway medleys, new commissions, and exciting collaborations with other groups and soloists. The band typically performs medium to medium-advanced repertoire. If you played in a good high school or in a symphonic or marching band in college, you'll fit right in. If you have trouble on some of the difficult passages, that's okay, you don't have to play them; someone in the section will be able to. If all you can play is whole notes, that's fine, play those whole notes to the best of your ability and next time try the half notes. You'll be amazed at how quickly your chops come back and how fast you'll get better on your instrument.
Are there any dues?
As with most community ensembles, MAFB is a dues-paying organization. Rates are currently $50 for the season or $30 for a half season. Dues account for less than 10% of the annual operating budget. No one will be turned away for inability to pay; we have scholarships available. With payment of dues, you get one complimentary ticket to each concert for a friend or loved one.
I'm a percussionist. What should I bring?
Bring your sticks and mallets. The band owns many percussion instruments including timpani, bass, snare, tenor drums, congas, bongos, drum sets, chimes, cymbals, and a hefty array of other auxiliary instruments. Other instruments are used on loan until the band is able to purchase its own.
I sold my instrument years ago but I still want to play...
Let us know you are interested. The band and many of its members have back-up instruments that we may be able to loan you until you rent or purchase your own. Just ask!
Interested in joining or any other questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org