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THE PRESENT BAND’S HISTORY

The Nevada County Concert Band is a direct descendant of the many local concert bands of the 1900s, which played for socials, county fairs, patriotic celebrations, and Sunday afternoon concerts.  In the early 1920s, many of the local groups were consolidated into the Grass Valley Concert Band through the efforts of Harold J. George, a renowned cornet player and musical director.  In the early 1970s, a group of musicians started forming the current band to carry on the traditions of the earlier pioneer organizations.  The initial idea was to gather a small group together and to create a Germany Band; five interested musicians responded.  One idea fed another and the group grew over time into a full-sized concert band culminating in the present pool of some 70 member musicians.

 

In 1971, the members rehearsed in the gym at the Seven Hills School with their first conductor, George Peavy. The band reorganized into its present form in 1972, and has been designated the Official Concert Band of Nevada City by the board of supervisors.  Two of the early members were noted entrepreneur Keith Cantrell and Harold George, who also played in the 1950s Grass Valley Concert Band (see Heritage).  By the way, his son Harold George played clarinet in the band until retiring in 2008.  It is also interesting to note that George Peavy's father invented the "Peavy," a well-known logging hand tool.

 

For a while, the non-profit organization Sierra Musical Arts Association (SMAA) sponsored three performing arts groups: Nevada County Concert Band (formed in 1971), Sierra Community Symphony (formed in 1978), and Sierra Youth Orchestra.  Eugenio Gaddini was the first SMAA director, taking on both the band and the orchestra. Years later, SMAA disbanded, and the Nevada County Concert Band became its own non-profit organization.  The symphony eventually became a part of the Sierra College curriculum when they opened a Nevada County campus in 1998.

 

Band Wins Award!
Congratulations to us!  On Saturday January 30, 2010, the Nevada County Concert Band was honored to receive the "2009 Live Music Award" from the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce.  The band’s president Cathy Harding and conductor Cheryl Woldseth were present to receive the award.  They were also treated to a silent auction, raffle, and wonderful meal at Stone House Hospitality Academy (Nevada City).  Cathy and Cheryl gave brief acceptance speeches about the wonderful social, musical, and networking benefits of having the NCCBand in our community.  Here are pictures of the presentation, program, Live Music Award plaque, California Senate Recognition certificate, and California Congressional Recognition certificate.

 

History of Conductors
1971 - ?                       George Peavy (obituary)
1973 - ?                       William “Bill” Mitchell
1978 - 1983?               Gary Goldschneider
1983 - 1988                 Richard Anshutz
(picture)
1989                            William “Bill” MacSems
1989 – 1993                Eugenio “Gene” Gaddini
(memorial service)
1993? – 1994              Gene Graves (picture)
1995 - ?                       David Segura
1995 - 2001                 Henry Hansen
(picture 1) (picture 2) (picture 3)
1999                            David Corkern (guest)
1998 - 2001                 G. Mancho Gonzalez (guest)
1999 - 2001                 Mike McAllister (guest)
(picture)
2000                            Gene Graves, (guest)
(picture)
2001 - 2002                 Patti Carter
2001 - present            Cheryl (Sutton, Baker) Woldseth
(link)

 

Performance Venues

Alta Sierra Country Club, Alta Sierra

American Victorian Museum, Nevada City

Brownsville for opening of a new park (1988)

Carmichael Park Band Festival, Carmichael

Commodore Park (Lake Wildwood), Penn Valley

Deer Creek School, Nevada City

Elks Lodge, Grass Valley

Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Graeagle Park in downtown Graeagle (for Independence Day concert)

Grass Valley’s downtown area (for 4th of July)

The Hermitage, Alexandria, VA

Lake of the Pines clubhouse steps, Grass Valley (1988)

Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Grass Valley

Miner’s Foundry Cultural Center, Nevada City

Nevada City’s downtown area (for 4th of July and Constitution Day celebrations)

Nevada City Elementary School

Nevada Theater, Nevada City

North Pine Street (closed to traffic at Commercial Street), Nevada City

North Star House, Grass Valley

Olympia Plaza Shopping Center, Grass Valley

Pine Tree Stage at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley

Pioneer Park bandshell, Nevada City

Sierra City (1989)

St. Joseph’s Hall, Grass Valley

University of Reno Theater, Reno, NV

United States Navy Memorial Plaza, Washington DC

Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Grass Valley

Western Gateway Park stage, Penn Valley

Rehearsal Sites

Bank at SPD Market Plaza, Nevada City

Deer Creek School, Nevada City

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Lyman Gilmore Middle School, Grass Valley

Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley

Pioneer Park bandshell, Nevada City

Sierra Presbyterian Church, Nevada City

United States Navy’s Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Arlington, VA

The band looks forward to continuing to entertain the citizens of Nevada County, and to fulfilling its charter enthusiastically as a significant participant in Nevada County's civic ceremonies.

VIEW PICTURES from our FANS

 


Watercolor Artwork

Special thanks to our band fan Saul Levy, who painted the first watercolor picture during the band’s 8/22/2010 concert, and the second picture during the 7/4/2012 curbside Independence Day concert. Then he graciously gave it to us to use.  Wonderful!

 

 

The Union Newspaper
7/22/07  Members of the Nevada County Concert Band and visiting members of 29 other musical groups perform "A River Runs Through It" a free concert at Pioneer Park in Nevada City.

 

The McGuires’ Place
7/23/06  A Sunday Concert at Pioneer Park “Step in Time”.

 

EVOLUTION of the BAND’S MUSICAL MINER LOGO

 

Pictures 1, 2, 3 of the infamous 24-foot backdrop used at outdoor concerts starting June 14, 1987 (news1, news2).  Its artist “Hack” Hackley of Sacramento is shown with logo designer Ernie Harries.  The backdrop was designed and built by Bob Weaver, with the help of Bill Barnhart and materials from Builders and Consumers store.


The hanging banner made by Kerry Goodwill was in use starting June 14, 1987 until 2004.


The logo used on the red vest prior to 2000.


The logo used on the blue polo shirt as of 2000.

HISTORY of our CONCERTS

 

 

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2016 Season

 

March 10 Joint ensemble concert with the Nevada Union High School band program • Facebook photos

May 8 A Mother of a Band Concert at The Nevada Theatre (pictures on Google or Facebook)

June 26 Musical Safari Picnic Pops Concert #1 at Pioneer Park (pictures on Google or Facebook)

July 2 Independence Day Pops Concert at Graeagle’s Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration (pictures on Google or Facebook)

July 4 Independence Day curbside concert in Nevada City

July 24 Strange New Worlds Picnic Pops Concert #2 at Pioneer Park (pictures on Google or Facebook)

July 31 "Joplin to Django – Early Decades of Jazz" at North Star House, Grass Valley (ensembles only) (pictures on Google or Facebook)

August 13 Pops Concert at the Nevada County Fair (pictures on Google or Facebook)

August 28 Last But Not Least Picnic Pops Concert #3 at Pioneer Park (pictures on Google or Facebook)

September 4 Labor Day Concert at Lake Wildwood (pictures on Google or Facebook)

September 10 “Constitution Pops Concert” with special guests The Famous Marching Presidents and First Ladies, Nevada City (pictures on Google or Facebook)

September 11 Greatest Summer Hits Picnic Pops Concert #4, at Alta Sierra Country Club, Alta Sierra (pictures on Google or Facebook)

 

2015 Season

 

May 3 Spring into Summer concert

June 28 Showstoppers Pioneer Park Picnic Pops #1 (pictures on Google or Facebook)

July 4 Independence Day curbside concert and parade in Grass Valley (pictures on Google or Facebook)

July 26 Centennial Jubilee Pioneer Park Picnic Pops #2 (pictures on Google or Facebook) (behind the scenes pictures on Google)

August 15 Pops Concert at the Nevada County Fair (pictures on Google or Facebook)

August 23 Mad about Marches Pioneer Park Picnic Pops #3 (pictures on Google or Facebook)

September 6 “Labor Day Concert“ at Lake Wildwood (pictures on Google or Facebook)

September 12 “Constitution Pops Concert“ in Nevada City along with a BBQ by the Nevada City Police Dept. (pictures on Facebook or Google)

September 13 Picnic Pops Concert at Alta Sierra Country Club, CANCELLED due to excessive smoke

 

2014 Season

 

May 4 Spring into Summer concert (poster, pictures)

June 22 I Get Around Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (poster, pictures)

July 4 Independence Day curbside concert and parade in Nevada City (pictures)

July 5 “Pops Concert“ at Graeagle’s Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration (pictures)

July 27 How Sweet It Is Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (pictures)

August 9 Pops Concert at the Nevada County Fair (pictures)

August 24 Just a Kid at Heart Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3 (pictures)

August 31 “Labor Day Concert“ at Lake Wildwood (pictures, pictures2)

September 13 “Constitution Pops Concert“ in Nevada City along with the Watsonville Community Band and BBQ by the Nevada City Police Dept. (pictures)

December 7 Winter Concert (poster, pictures)

2013 Season

 

May 5 Spring into Summer concert (poster)

June 23 The Sixties Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (poster ,pictures)

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley (pictures)

July 6 "Concert in Graeagle Park" at Graeagle’s Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration (pictures)

July 28 California Dreamin' Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (pictures)

August 10 Nevada County Fair concert (pictures)

August 25 The Heat Is On Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3 (pictures)

September 1 “Labor Day Concert” at Lake Wildwood (pictures, pictures2)

September 7 “Constitution Celebration Concert,” Nevada City (pictures)

October 12-16 Tour to Washington DC and Gettysburg (itinerary, pictures)

December 8 Winter Concert (poster)

2012 Season (pictures)

 

May 6 Spring into Summer concert

June 24 Playing in the Park Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

June 30 "Concert in Graeagle Park" at Graeagle’sMohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City (pictures)

July 29 Along for the Ride Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (pictures or Picasaweb pictures)

August 11 Nevada County Fair concert

August 26 Once in a Blue Moon Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3 (pictures)

September 2 “Labor Day Concert” at Lake Wildwood (pictures)

September 8 “Constitution Celebration Concert,” Nevada City (pictures)

December 2 Winter Concert (poster) (pictures)

2011 Season

 

April 23 "Nevada County Durn Tootin’ Brass Band" concert (brass ensemble only) at Smartsville/Timbuctoo Pioneer Day (pictures)

May 14 Spring into Summer concert

June 26 It’s Show Time! Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (pictures) (poster)

July 2 "Concert in Graeagle Park" at Graeagle’s Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration (pictures)

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley

July 24 A Patchwork of American Music Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (pictures), (blog)

August 13 Nevada County Fair concert

August 28 Golden Age of Radio Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 4 “Labor Day Concert” at Lake Wildwood

September 10 “Constitution Celebration Concert,” Nevada City

December 4 Winter Concert (poster)

2010 Season

 

April 24 "Nevada County Durn Tootin’ Brass Band" concert (brass ensemble only) at Smartsville/Timbuctoo Pioneer Day (pictures)

May 2 Spring into Summer concert (poster) (pictures)

June 22 South of the Border Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (pictures)

July 3 "Concert in Graeagle Park" at Graeagle’s Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration (pictures 1, 2, 3, 4)

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City (pictures 1, 2)

July 25 Out of this World Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (news) (pictures)

August 14 Nevada County Fair concert

August 22 Musical Chairs Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3 (pictures)

September 5 “Labor Day Concert” at Lake Wildwood

September 11 “Constitution Celebration Concert,” Nevada City (pictures)

December 5 Winter Concert

2009 Season

 

May 3 Spring into Summer concert (poster)

June 28 It's About Time Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (pictures)

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley (pictures)

July 26 Americans We Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (pictures1, pictures2)

August 15 Nevada County Fair concert

August 23 Victors and Villains Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3 (pictures)

September 6 Lake Wildwood concert (pictures 1, 2)

September 12 “Constitution Celebration Concert,” Nevada City (pictures)

December 6 Winter Concert (poster)

2008 Season (pictures)

 

May 4 Spring into Summer concert

June 22 What’s in a Name? Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City

July 5 "Pops Concert on the Green" at Graeagle

July 27 The Spirit of Champions Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (fan pictures)

August 9 Nevada County Fair concert

August 24 Dance to the Music Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

August 31 Lake Wildwood concert

September 14 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 7 Winter Concert

2007 Season (pictures)

 

May 6 Spring into Summer concert

June 24 Look to the Rainbow Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (news pictures, news1, news2, news3)

June 30 A Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Graeagle

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley

July 22 A River Runs Through It Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (news pictures)

August 12 Nevada County Fair concert

August 26 Where the Wild Things Are Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 2 Lake Wildwood concert

September 9 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 2 Winter Concert

2006 Season (pictures)

 

May 6 Spring Classic concert

June 25 There's No Place Like Home Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 1 “Pops Concert on the Green” concert at Graeagle

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City

July 23 Step in Time Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 12 Nevada County Fair concert

August 27 Imagine That! Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 3 Lake Wildwood concert

September 10 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 3 Winter Concert

2005 Season (pictures)

 

May 1 Spring Classic concert (news1, news2)

June 26 Love Is in the Air Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 2 Pops Concert concert at Graeagle

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley

July 24 You Must Remember This Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (news1, news2, news3)

August 13 Nevada County Fair concert

August 28 The Great Outdoors Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 4 Lake Wildwood concert

September 11 Constitution Day parade and concert

December 3 Celebrate the Holidays concert

2004 Season (pictures)

 

May 2 A Classic Concert (picture, news)

June 27 Comin' Round the Mountain Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City

July 24 The Sky's the Limit Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 14 Nevada County Fair

August 27 Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 5 Lake Wildwood concert

September 12 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 5 Celebrate the Holidays concert

2003 Season (pictures)

 

May 4 Spring Concert

June 22 Musical Journeys Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley

July 20 Cartoon Classics Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 9 Nevada County Fair concert

August 24 Music of the West Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

August 31 Lake Wildwood concert

September 14 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 7 Celebrate the Holidays concert

2002 Season (pictures)

 

March 21 Spring Festivus! joint concert with the Nevada Union High School band program

April 7 Salute to the American Composer concert

May 19 Concert Honoring Area Emergency Response Professionals

June 16 It's a Small World Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Nevada City

July 21 Salute to Sousa Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 10 Nevada County Fair

August 18 Swing Swing Swing Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 5 Lake Wildwood concert

September 8 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 8 Christmas Concert

2001 Season

 

January 20 Gaddini Memorial Service

March 4 A Program of Old Favorites concert (poster)

April 22 Spring Concert

June 2 or 3 Carmichael Park Band Festival concert

June 17 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert in Grass Valley

July 22 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 11 Nevada County Fair concert

August 19 Movie Music Picnic Popscorn concert #3

September 4 Lake Wildwood concert

September 9 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

December 19 Celebrate the Holidays concert

2000 Season (pictures)

 

March 5 Concert for a Spring Afternoon Matinee concert

May 7 “Late Spring” concert at Elks Lodge, Grass Valley

June 3 or 4? Carmichael Park Band Festival, Carmichael

June 18 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert, Nevada City

July 23 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 12 Nevada County Fair concert

August 20 Showtime Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 3 Lake Wildwood concert

September 10 Constitution Day Parade, Nevada City

December 17 The Sounds of the Holidays concert (poster)

1999 Season (pictures)

 

March 7 Late Winter concert

April 18 Early Spring concert

June 6 SVSBA Community Band Festival at Carmichael Park

June 27 California Sesquicentennial Celebration Series: honoring Nevada City, Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (postcard)

July 4 Independence Day Parade, Grass Valley

July 18 California Sesquicentennial Celebration Series: honoring Grass Valley Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 15 Nevada County Fair concert

August 22 California Sesquicentennial Celebration Series: honoring Empire Mine State Park, Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 5 Lake Wildwood concert

September 12 Constitution Day parade and concert

September 19 California Sesquicentennial Celebration Series: honoring The Union Newspaper, Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #4

November 7 NCCB-sponsored Student Honor Band concert

December 19 Victorian Christmas Celebration concert

1998 Season

 

March 1 Late Winter concert

April 26 Early Spring concert

May 30 Late Spring concert

June 7 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

June 20 & 21 George Gershwin 100th Year Celebration with Sparks Community Band (in Reno, NV)

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert

July 12 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 9 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

August 16 Nevada County Fair concert

September 6 Concert in the Park, Lake Wildwood

September 13 Constitution Day Parade, Nevada City

November 8 Late Fall concert

December 20 Victorian Christmas Celebration, Nevada City

1997 Season

 

November 9 Fall Concert

December 21 Victorian Christmas Celebration concert

1996 Season

 

March 3 concert honoring Bob & Ruth Paine (news)

April 21 concert

April 28 concert

May 19 concert Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

June 9 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert, Nevada City

July 14 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

August 11 Nevada County Fair concert

August 18 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #4

September 1 Lake Wildwood concert

September 8 Constitution Day parade and concert, Nevada City

1995 Season

 

September 3 Lake Wildwood concert

September 10 Constitution Day Parade and concert

November 19 Honoring Hulda Kopp Stern concert

December 17 Joyful Christmas concert with the Seven Hills School Chorus

1994 Season

 

December 18 Joyful Christmas concert with the Seven Hills School Chorus

1993 Season

 

March 13 Grass Valley Centennial concert (picture1, picture2)

1992 Season

 

May 9 Mai Bock Fest Austrian-style dinner concert

December 13 Holiday Concert

1991 Season

 

May 4 “Mai Bock Fest” Austrian-style dinner concert

June 23 Picnic in the Park concert #1

July 14 Picnic in the Park concert #2

August 18 Picnic in the Park concert #3

September 15 Picnic in the Park concert #4

December 15 Holiday Concert with the United Methodist Church choirs of both Grass Valley and Nevada City plus the Sierra Community Symphony

1990 Season

 

July 15 Picnic in the Park concert #1 (poster)

August 19 Picnic in the Park concert #2

September 16 Picnic in the Park concert #3

December 9 Winter Concert with the Sierra Community Symphony (picture)

1989 Season

 

July 30 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 13 Nevada County Fair concert

August 25 Sierra City concert

August 27 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 8 Constitution Day concert

September 10 Constitution Day parade, Nevada City

December 11 Winter Concert

1988 Season

 

March 20 Radio Broadcast performance on KVMR

June 12 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1

June 18 Brownsville performance for opening of a new park

June 26 Western Gateway Park concert #1

July 4 Independence Day parade and concert

July 24 private performance for SIRS

July 24 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2

August 14 Nevada County Fair concert

August 28 Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #3

September 9 Constitution Day concert at American Victorian Museum

September 11 Constitution Day Parade, Nevada City

September 18 Lake of the Pines clubhouse steps

September 25 Western Gateway Park concert #2

1987 Season

 

April 27 Petition to Nevada City City Council for using Pioneer Park for a concert series

June 14 “Flag Day” Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #1 (news)

July 19 “Honoring Emil Stern” Pioneer Park Picnic Pops concert #2 (news)

October 25 Mini-concert for the Sierra Musical Arts Association (SMAA) annual “Noteworthy Item Sale” fundraiser

1983 Season

 

May 1 Picnic Pops concert

June 5 Miner’s Picnic concert, Empire Mine State Park

July 2 concert at Nevada County Fairgrounds (Independence Day?)

July 10 Empire Mine State Park concert

August 14 Empire Mine State Park concert

August 28 Nevada County Fair concert

September 11 Constitution Day Parade, Nevada City

1973 Season

 

February 25 In Memory of the late Harold George, Sr. concert

 

 

 

THE EMIL STERN SCHOLARSHIPS

There is a lot of information regarding this scholarship program, which was offered for from 1998 to 2008.  Click here to see the details, recipients, and description of this wonderful scholarship program.