Boulder Concert Band

A nonprofit organization

The Boulder Concert Band lost its entire 2020 and most 2021 concert revenue, including the popular summer parks series, due to the pandemic. Your generosity will help us pay for instrument storage and other ongoing expenses. We missed the March 2022 concert and revenue due to COVID concerns.


"Whether it's a picnic concert in the park or an auditorium concert, hearing the Boulder Concert Band is an event we thoroughly enjoy. These gifted musicians bring the audience a wide variety of music and entertainment. What a terrific way to spend an evening!" Janice Sepe

"I'm really proud of the quality of our performances, and I'm really grateful that there is a group like this that is available to amateurs." Boulder Concert Band member

"These are volunteer musicians? Unbelievable!" Joan Lovell


The mission of the Boulder Concert Band is to provide our community with outstanding performances of traditional and modern concert repertoire and enrich the cultural experience of the audience and the musicians, and to provide a community organization for adults who wish to continue to play their instruments after completing high school or college.

Background Statement

The first records of a performing band in the city of Boulder date back to 1870. The ICC Silver Cornet Band, as it was known, performed weekly concerts in the pioneer town of Boulder. In the spring of 1897 a larger band organization was formed. This group, called the Boulder Band, was said to be the best organization of its type in Colorado. Several decades later, the Boulder Municipal Band was formed and was the first to include women musicians.

Today's Boulder Concert Band was reorganized in 1976 by the late Hugh McMillen, former Director of Bands at the University of Colorado. Now directed by Dr. Kenneth Singleton, the current organization has more than 60 volunteer musicians. Its members are drawn from the business, professional, and educational communities in the Boulder County and Denver metro area.

Although the COVID19 pandemic stalled its 43rd season, the Boulder Concert Band followed its history. During the 1918 flu epidemic, Boulder's community band, then called the Boulder Citizen's Band, may have taken a break like us, but the band eventually played on, conducted by Bill Swarts, director, 1899-1919.

In 2020, the Boulder Concert Band was awarded first place in the American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, in the band/wind ensemble performance-community division, and continues to provide the community with outstanding performances of traditional and modern concert repertoire to enrich the cultural experience of the audience and the musicians.

Organization Data


Organization name

Boulder Concert Band

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Arts, Culture & Humanities


P.O. Box 18405
Boulder, CO 80308

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US



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