The Arlington Concert Band (ACB), a program of Arlington Community Learning, is a wind ensemble made up of more than 50 professional music educators and dedicated, talented amateur musicians. We perform regularly throughout the community and play an assortment of music including marches, show tunes, and classical arrangements. The ACB is made up of musicians from a variety of backgrounds—from lawyers to IT professionals to retirees—but we are all united around the ACB’s mission:
- Bring a mix of family friendly, professional music to the community for all to enjoy!
- Provide an outlet for members of the Arlington community to make playing music a lifelong activity.
Rehearsals occur weekly during the school year on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Washington-Liberty High School in Ballston. Membership is open without audition to all musicians; please contact the band for availability.
For music educators, the ACB provides the opportunity to keep vital performance skills sharp, exploring repertoire from grade two (challenging elementary level) through grade six (professional level). A full range of rehearsal and conducting techniques are explored during rehearsal, demonstrating best practices for rehearsal and music teaching at all levels. The collegial atmosphere facilitates the fluid exchange of ideas that help keep teachers enthusiastic and at their best.
As part of its mission, the ACB performs throughout the community as much as possible. This includes regular formal concerts, small group performances at local events and venues, and cooperative, shared concerts with various Arlington County Public Schools ensembles. Looking for FREE music at your next community event? Contact us below to request a performance.
Our first rehearsal is still planned for Sept 21 at Washington-Liberty High School in Ballston at 7:00 PM. That said, we have some important safety protocols:
- Masks will be required for all players. There are specialized masks available for woodwind and brass players available here. Please purchase one before rehearsals begin. Bell covers are also strongly encouraged.
- With the Delta surge, we are strongly encouraging all players to be vaccinated. As a small community organization we do not have the capacity to vet every player’s vaccination status — we can only beg that members of this band take the health and safety of its members seriously.
After a 17 month hiatus, we expect some rebuilding time will be necessary before we achieve our previous level of playing. We know that with patience we will get back there, and we can’t wait to make music again with all of you.
The Arlington Concert Band is always looking for new musicians to play with us! Give us your information below & we’ll be in contact with you shortly about our open positions.
Need FREE music at an upcoming community event in Arlington, VA?
Book an ACB small ensemble! Just fill out the form below with your needs.