The Band began in 1973, with a group of 24 players and a small grant which quickly disappeared. The group soon expanded to about 65 members and has remained at that level to this day. Harold T. Hellegaard has been director of music and principal conductor for 28 years. Thomas H. Steger has been associate conductor for 25 years. Matt Ward, who has been a long-time member of the Band as a trumpet player, has filled the shoes of assistant conductor in recent years.
The founding conductor was Brad Kinney, who many of you will remember as a top high school band director in the Nashville Area. Brad passed away about several years ago.
The NCCB was associated with the Metro Schools' Adult Education Program from 1973 until August 2010. No one involved with the NCCB is paid for their services. Conducting and performing are "labors of love". Over the years, the NCCB has had about 400 different members. This has allowed the Adult Community Education Program to continuously offer an opportunity to adults who want to develop and hone their musical skills while offering the Nashville Area Community exposure to the quite competent performance of an adult symphonic wind band. They now rehearse in the facilities of the Tennessee School for the Blind (map).
The NCCB is incorporated as a non-profit educational organization. It does have 501 (c3) tax exemption status from the IRS. It does have an active Board of Directors and the Band as a whole is involved in the acceptance of performances. As with any performing group, sites must be checked out, equipment hauled, public service advertising sought and the business of the band handled. Currently, the delegation of responsibilities are as follows:
Tom Steger - President and Director of Music
Barbara Cantrell - Treasurer
Carol Burr - Historian
Dan Shilstat - Manager and Coordinator of Music
NCCB Bylaws can be found here.
If you want more information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call Dan Shilstat - 615-352-7713 .