Southern Maryland Concert Band to Perform Oct. 25

Southern Maryland Concert Band

Performance to Feature Community Members, CSM Students

The College of Southern Maryland presents the Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB) performing works with a theme of “Flourish” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25, at the Fine Arts (FA) Center, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.

The SMCB, under the direction of Michael Peerless, will continue its collaboration with CSM’s music program, through which students will be able to join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit.

“The SMCB is now in its second full year of collaboration with CSM,” said Communication, Arts and Humanities Chair Dr. Stephen Johnson. “We're pleased that the SMCB can offer quality performance opportunities to our students while providing the community members in the band a fun venue in which to perform.”

The SMCB will be performing a number of works including those for wind bands entitled “Flourish” as well as transcriptions of opera overtures and concert band standards such as John Philip Sousa's “Semper Fidelis” march and “God Bless America.” CSM faculty member Takako Mato will be a featured clarinet soloist for the performance.

The SMCB was formed in 1984 by Charles Armstrong as an all-volunteer, non-profit community-based ensemble of adult and student instrumentalists dedicated to performing quality concert band music for audiences in and around Southern Maryland. Armstrong, former supervisor of music and longtime band director in the Charles County Public Schools wanted to recreate the American tradition of community bands in Southern Maryland. Through this vision, the original group, the Community Concert Band Inc. was founded. Today, the SMCB is the only community-based instrumental ensemble dedicated to providing quality, yet affordable music to families in Southern Maryland.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 on the day of the performance. For information, visit or contact the Box Office at or call 301-934-7828.



Southern Maryland Concert Band. 8 p.m., Oct. 25. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. The Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB), under the direction of Michael Peerless, is a community ensemble that offers college credit to CSM students for their participation. $5 in advance, $7 day of event., 301-934-7828,