Martin Community Band

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Martin Community Band

Welcome to the homepage for the Martin Community Band.  We are excited to offer this opportunity for musicians of all ages to gather and make a joyful noise for four performances this summer.  Please click the text below for more information about the programs, location of rehearsals and performances and answers to frequently asked questions.



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Rehearsal & Concert Schedule


Tuesdays, May 12-June 30
7:00 - 9:00 pm
136 Fine Arts - Band Room
UT Martin



May 21
May 28 - MCB Jazz Big Band
June 4
June 11 - MC Brass Band
June 18
July 2


Programs - Summer 2015



May 21 – “The Charm of Days Gone By”


Ward Star Spangled Banner
LaPlante Prospect
Lampe/Park     The Watermelon Club
Sousa The Gliding Girl
Johnson Hen Cackle Rag: A Barnyard Disturbance
Balfmoor McAlheeny’s Cake Walk
Pryor “Southern Hospitality” Rag-Time Cake-Walk
Grundman American Folk Suite No. 3
King The Iowa Band Law March
Ticheli Amazing Grace



May 28 – “Swing into Martin,” with the Martin Community Big Band


Miller In the Mood
Herman/Bishop Woodchopper’s Ball
Gray/Hest Pennsylvania 6-5000
Nestico Fly Me to the Moon
Randolph/Hemmer Yakety Sax
Hefti Li’l Darlin’
Ellington Mood Indigo
Gershwin Embraceable You
Warren/Carubia  Chattanooga Choo Choo
Ellington/Clayton  Do Nothin’ ‘til You Hear from Me
Porter/Paich Begin the Beguine
Duke April in Paris
VanHeusen/Wolpe Come Fly with Me
Jones/Collins  I’ve Got You Under My Skin



June 4 – “A Night at the Opera"


Ward Star-Spangled Banner
Wagner/Cailliet Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral
Weber/Barker The Phantom of the Opera
Gershwin/Barnes Porgy and Bess
Bizet/Bullock Carmen Suite
Copland/Singleton The Promise of Living from The Tender Land
Massenet/Brand Meditation from the Opera Thais
Sousa El Capitan



June 11 - Martin Community Brass Band, Program TBA



June 18 – “Ole Man River”


Ward Star-Spangled Banner
LaPlante American Riversongs
Ticheli Shenandoah
Fucik/Blahnik The Mississippi River
Smith The Great Steamboat Race
Strauss The Blue Danube
Arr. Swearingen Deep River
McGinty Hieroglyphs
Bulla Legend of Knife River
Karrick Bayou Breakdown



July 2 – “Star-Spangled Celebration,” with guest ensemble, The David Johnson Chorus


Ward Star-Spangled Banner
de Haan Remembrance Day
Sousa Stars & Stripes Forever
Bilik American Civil War Fantasy
Meacham American Patrol
Grundman Kentucky 1800
Selection from The David Johnson Chorus  
Selection from The David Johnson Chorus  
Berlin/Emerson/Murtha  Irving Berlin’s America
Lowden Armed Forces Salute, with The David Johnson Chorus
Wilhousky Battle Hymn of the Republic, with The David Johnson Chorus




Berlin/Christopher/Moss God Bless America



September 5 – “Heroes” at the Tennessee Soybean Festival


Ward Star-Spangled Banner
Elfman/Story  The Batman Theme
Williams/Lowden Superman
Silvestri/Brown Captain America March
Black Sabbath   Iron Man
Arr. Brown  Transformers
Arr. Boocook Incredibles



What is the Martin Community Band?

A place for local musicians to gather, perform and also to provide the community with concert series that will bring the community together once per week, provide cultural enrichment and economically benefit our downtown businesses.

When and where are the rehearsals and performances?


Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, May 12 from 7:00-9:00 pm and will continue on all Tuesday evenings through June 30. Rehearsals will be held in the Band Room of the Fine Arts Building, Room 136.



There will be five performances May 21, June 4, June 11 - MCB Jazz Big Band, June 18, July 2. All performances will take place in Festival Park in downtown Martin. Rain site is the Fulton Theatre of the Fine Arts Building on the UT Martin Campus.

What kind of music will you play?

We will play almost all types of music. The basis will be music from the concert band repertoire, but the programs will feature marches, overtures, suites, Broadway medleys, and folk songs. There will be something for every musical palate.

Who can perform in the group?

Musicians of all ages! This ensemble's membership will draw from adult community musicians, local band directors, college students (both music majors and non-majors), and local high school and middle school musicians. In addition to being a great opportunity for adult community musicians to play, it is a fantastic opportunity for young musicians to perform in an ensemble with more mature players, thus accelerating their development as musicians.

What if I haven't played in 30 years? Can I still play?

All players are welcome! If someone hasn't played in thirty years, then this is a perfect opportunity to dust off the instrument and rediscover the joys of making music!

How will Martin benefit from having its own community band?

Having a community band in Martin will provide the musicians the opportunities to perform and build connections as well as bringing the community together in a relaxed, festive and family-friendly performances. In addition, it is our hope that our downtown businesses will benefit from the audiences in attendance at the performances.

Is there a limit on the number of musicians that can play?

There is no limit - the more the merrier! Please notify John Oelrich ( | (731) 881-7403) if you would like to play so we can insure there are enough folders, chairs and stands.

Do I have to play all of the concerts in order to participate?

No. While musicians are encouraged to play the whole season, they do not have to commit to playing all of the performances. It is strongly encouraged that you attend both rehearsals of the performances you commit to playing.

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