The Cereal City Concert Band is a small all-volunteer, non-profit organization which consists of
approximately 50 members, ranging from the ages of 16 to 85.
The ensemble is comprised of musicians from the Battle Creek community and its surrounding areas. The origin of this group was derived from a government agency Quality Circles Change Initiative, recommending that a Federal Center band be organized to play for internal Federal Center functions.
The group was started in December 1987 by fourteen employees from various government agencies within the Battle Creek Federal Center, playing simple Christmas Carols at lunchtime. The band grew and became known as Uncle Sam’s Band.
The original band played some 26 engagements their first year together, including Charge of Command ceremonies, retirements, picnics, and lunchtime concerts for special occasions such as Veteran's Day. They also collaborated with the local Toastmasters Club , providing special performances for the Battle Creek Public School System elementary schools.
After four years, in July 1992, the agency commanders determined that they could no longer support Uncle Sam's Band, so the band reorganized as a 501(c)3 tax exempt (non-profit) organization, complete with a board of directors and band by-laws, and changed its name to the Battle Creek Band Company, focusing on Battle Creek community service events.
In January 1998, the band reorganized again, calling itself the Cereal City Winds, eventually changing the name to the present Cereal City Concert Band (CCCB).
Over the years, the leadership of the band changed as well. It was originally directed by Paul Reid, followed by Dick Day, Gretchen Struble, Jennifer Culler, Ed Zentera, Dr. Jeananne Nichols, and Dr. Samuel McIlhagga.
Performances for the year include a combination of both formal concerts and community service events, such as:
Armed Forces Day Luncheon.
Change of Leadership at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center.
A10 Farewell Celebration at the Air National Guard Base.
Summer concert on the lawn at Kellogg Manor at Gull Lake.
Grant Applications resulted in support from the Miller Foundation, Binda Foundations, Arts & Industry Council, Women Who Care, and the Battle Creek Community Foundation, as well as many business and individual donors.
With the departure of Dr. McIlhagga, the 2016 season welcomes our new conductor, Mr. Darin Schmidt, who is an accomplished percussionist and skilled conductor. We look forward to our partnership with Darin and to an exciting new season!