Our beginnings

In December of 1979, Baldwinsville band teacher Phillip Sterling founded the Baldwinsville Community Band to give adult instrumental musicians a group with which to perform. The band performs classical and modern music, marches, medleys, seasonal music and show tunes. Funding for the band is by dues and donations. The band has 501(c)(3) tax status and donations are tax deductible.

Rehearsals have traditionally been held on Wednesday evenings at one of the Baldwinsville schools. In June of 2021, rehearsals were moved to Grace Episcopal Church in Baldwinsville.

Membership: Band membership is open to any musician of high school age or older. The current membership is about 50 players, ranging in age from 20 to 80+, and includes 7 founding members. In addition to Baldwinsville residents, members come from all over Central New York.

Members receive a schedule of concert dates and a music folder for home practice and for performances. Members must bring their own stand. Concert dress is our red band shirt (or your own red or white), black pants or skirt/dress, provided by the individual members.

Performances: The band has played about 10 one hour concerts a year, including a Memorial Day commemoration, summer outdoor concerts at area parks and gathering places, ice cream socials at nursing homes, a Veterans’ Day concert, and Christmas performances. The band does not charge for performances, but will accept donations to defray costs.


If you are interested in having the band perform, you will be asked to supply:

for the band -50 folding type chairs (without arms)

-staging area at least 30’ wide and 20’ deep

for the audience -publicity to local media giving concert location, time,

and seating arrangements (bring chairs or chairs provided)

Performances are generally scheduled on Wednesdays

as this is our regular rehearsal night.

For more information contact:

Phillip Sterling, Conductor

89 1/2 Oswego Street

Baldwinsville, New York 13027

315 638-4956

e-mail: PSterling@me.com