Farmington Community Band

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Farmington Community Band
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Background Information

Founded

1966

Origin

Farmington Hills

Music Director and Conductor

Damien Crutcher

Phone

(734) 261-2202

Mailing Address

Farmington Community Band
P.O. Box 3091
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-3091

Website

birminghamconcertband.com

About

The Farmington Community Band (FCB) is a multifaceted community music organization featuring a premier 90 piece concert wind ensemble, a 20 piece big band and various wind ensembles.

The FCB is a 501c3 non profit organization managed by a volunteer board of directors. It has annual operating costs in excess of $15,000 each season that include a paid operating staff, auditorium fees, advertising, and music - to name a few. There is no membership fee and no admission fee to regular concerts and it is important to the mission of the FCB music organization to maintain this policy. In order to meet its annual expenses, the FCB relies on almost entirely on private donations.


Biography

From FCB Website
The Farmington Community Band music organization was co-founded by music teachers Paul and Fern Barber in 1966 with the mission of providing an opportunity for musicians to continue on their lifetime musical education and to provide quality music for local audiences to enjoy. The first concert on June 4, 1967 included 22 musicians performing in what was then called The Farmington Civic Band. From this innocent beginning The FCB has grown over the years into a large organization hosting several music ensembles. FCB musicians range from age 15 to 88 and some have been performing with the FCB for over 40 years!

In the word of founder R. Paul Barber... "We received an adult ed. brochure in mid-September of our first year teaching in Farmington (1966). As we looked through the brochure we noticed there was nothing available for musicians. We made an appointment to speak to Mr. Richard Tyler, director of Adult Education and shared our observations. He basically said no one had asked about a group for adult musicians before. We said "we just did" and he said "then let's start right away". We got an article in the newspaper and began the "class" called the "Farmington Civic Band" in October."

The group quickly grew and changed it's name to the Farmington Community Concert Band and then Finally to the Farmington Community Band.

Paul and Fern Barber retired from teaching and active participation in the Farmington area cultural arts in June, 2003, and moved in to their retirement dream home in Flat Rock, North Carolina. They continued to stay active in local arts programs including a community concert band, but their hearts always stayed close to the FCB. They returned to participate in the band's 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert in April, 2006. Paul passed away later that year and Fern continued on her personal musical journey. In 2013, she moved back to Michigan to resume a very active role with the FCB, now serving as Vice President of Operations. The Farmington Community Band is grateful for the hard work that the Barbers invested in promoting the arts and music education for life.

Damien Crutcher

Music Director and Conductor

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Damien Crutcher is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, where he studied conducting with Professor Ken Bloomquist and Dr. Ronnie Wooten. He later accepted a fellowship to study conducting at the University of Michigan with Professor H. Robert Reynolds. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Detroit and Executive Director of Progression, Inc. - dedicated to working with young musicians in the city of Detroit. Now in his 14th season as director of the FCB Concert Band, Maestro Crutcher continues to challenge the group and is effectively leading the FCB into the next generation of its fine musical legacy.




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