The Westport Community Band, founded in 1977, is composed of adult musicians from Fairfield and Westchester Counties, who represent a wide variety of professional backgrounds and bring diverse musical experiences to the group. All share an interest in exploring challenging concert band literature, improving individual technique, and creating music as an ensemble, while bringing excellent entertainment to our audiences and enjoyment to ourselves.
Under the direction of Sal LaRusso, former director of bands for Weston High School and current Direct of Bands at Wesleyan University, this 80+ member group performs a wide variety of music including concert band compositions, show tunes, marches, pop, and classical.
The Westport Community Band performs at numerous events in Fairfield County, including the Memorial Day parade in Westport, the outdoor concert series at Westport’s Levitt Pavilion, area nursing homes, fundraisers for local and national charities (Norwalk Hospital, Purple Heart Homes, and more). Each spring the Band sponsors the “Play with the Community Band” project that provides an opportunity for area middle school instrumental students to rehearse and perform with the Band. Over five hundred students have participated to date in this highly praised project.
The Band is a non-profit voluntary organization whose membership is open to all. Auditions are not required, but the ability to play an instrument at a level compatible with the Band’s repertoire is essential.