Who We Are
We are volunteer musicians from across Cape Cod--and we have a few members who travel from off-Cape to play with us, too! We are adults who share a lifelong passion for instrumental music.
Our musician members are members of our communities. You may recognize doctors, nurses, secretaries, teachers, technicians, bankers, and clergymen. Some of us have retired on Cape Cod. Some of us have lived here all our lives. Some of us are raising our young families here.
We come together to learn and to play music. But we gather not just for ourselves. We are committed to the CCCB mission: to enhance the musical and cultural life of Cape Cod.
Our concerts are free! We believe that community music isn’t just for the musicians who play, but for the audience members who come to enjoy the music we play. We welcome donations to defer our operating costs.
No Strings Attached!
The CCCB plays Pops, but we aren’t an orchestra. We play woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The orchestral music on our programs has been transcribed for band. Without those violins stealing the show, our wind players have more moments in the limelight! We play plenty of music written specifically for concert band. That repertoire includes much more than the usual marches--but you can bet that we play a killer Stars and Stripes Forever!
Music Director John P. Hagon has led the band since 1995, one of only two conductors in our 39-year history.
John comes to us with impressive credentials. He is the retired chair of the Music Education department at Berklee College of Music, and has toured the US and Europe as director of the 215th Army Band of the National Guard.
A passionate advocate for community music, John believes in the importance and value of lifelong musical learning. He has directed the Barnstable and Harwich Town Bands, and is currently the director of the Cape Cod Community Orchestra.
He also likes to dress up like John Philip Sousa! John is a Sousa enthusiast and researcher--and he kind of looks like the March King, too! Conducting as Sousa, John treats audiences to authentic Sousa-era concerts, with the CCCB playing the role of the much esteemed Sousa Band.
The Cape Cod Concert Band was born in 1974 as the Cape Cod Conservatory Wind Ensemble. Conductor Tony Stevens, known to many Cape Codders as the Director of the award-winning Barnstable High School Band, began the Wind Ensemble with the blessing and support of the fledgling Cape Cod Conservatory.
In 1994, after twenty years of outstanding work with the group, Tony moved off our podium to pursue other musical interests. Director John Hagon took over the leadership of the band in 1995.
A few years later--after so many years of explaining what a “wind ensemble” is--members of the band decided to change our name to the Cape Cod Conservatory Concert Band. (Turns out that name needs some explaining, too!)
Almost forty years after its founding, the band declared its musical independence from the Conservatory, setting forth on its own as the Cape Cod Concert Band. The CCCB purpose is twofold: to provide lifelong educational and musical opportunities for skilled community musicians and to enhance the cultural and musical life of Cape Cod.