How can I join the band?
We appreciate your interest in the Atlanta area's oldest and
finest community band. Continue below for answers to frequently
asked questions about joining the band.
Are there any minimum playing requirements to join the
The Callanwolde Concert Band is for the musically experienced
adult with fairly extensive instrumental training. We do understand
that for some people it has been a while, with time out for education,
professions, children, you name it. Most of our members played
in both high school and college bands. Many received individual
instruction on their respective instruments and a majority at
least considered a career in music, either in performance or education.
Most have entered careers in other fields and now consider music
to be a serious hobby. In general terms, if you played in a good
high school or college band, you will have no problem playing
The band members agree that one of the worst things about being
away from music is missing the company of fellow musicians. With
this in mind the Callanwolde Concert Band exists to continue the
musical performance opportunities that we enjoyed in school as
well as the fun and camaraderie that we all loved so much.
I am interested in joining the band as a regular member,
but it's been a while since I played regularly. I had pretty good
training, but I'm too rusty to audition.
While we do look for fairly advanced musical skills, we realize
that time spent away from music can dull the edge somewhat. Our
audition is not to be feared. We merely screen for the ability
to play in keys, with reasonable intonation and reading ability
approximately at the level of music the band usually performs.
New players are invited to sit in for several rehearsals prior
to auditioning to help get the notes under their fingers
and see what we are about. It should be noted, however that the
audition does screen for good musical training after the prospective
new member has had some time to get back into playing. We have
found that the rust usually comes off quickly.
I'd like to play with the band while I am home from college
If you are a college musician home for the summer, or a recently
graduated or rising senior high school musician, you could be
reasonably expected to be able to play our summer program without
undue difficulty. In the Summer we concentrate on having a good
time with the music and the material tends toward pops and light
classical. The big event is July 4th with an audience of about
5,000. We usually waive the audition requirement for summer musicians
but we do ask for experienced players who can perform the music
we are programming. We do limit numbers in the sections so call
early if you are seriously interested in a spot, particularly
in the large sections.
If you would like to talk about joining the Callanwolde Concert
Band, call us at 770-428-0109. Leave a name and number on the
message box and we will contact you promptly and talk it over