Dr. Chris Wilhjelm, community leaders, and musicians founded
the Ridgewood Concert Band (RCB) in 1983 with the idea of providing high quality performing
venues for the many accomplished wind and percussion players living in the New York Metropolitan area.
The RCB is proud that audiences containing large numbers of students, adults, and seniors regularly
attend the concerts.
Through the years, consistently high level performances have led to the production of two commercially
released CDs, performances on the East coast, and peer recognition through the awarding of the be edited
John Philip Sousa Foundation's coveted Sudler Silver Scroll Award in 1996.
The RCB performs an annual series of concerts presenting the very finest in wind band literature for
capacity audiences. Ranging from light classics and famous marches, to cutting edge compositions by today's
brilliant composers, the band's programming has drawn critical attention for its variety and depth. Originally
launched as the Ridgewood Community Concert Band, an early review praising the band's fine performance proclaimed
this is no "Community" band. The Board of Directors decided to incorporate as The Ridgewood Concert Band.
The members of the Ridgewood Concert Band come from all walks of life. The musicians and board members are
drawn together by a common dedication to the study, performance, and support of great music.
The quality of RCB performances has attracted world class soloists from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, radio and television personalities and other nationally renowned performers
and conductors. The Ridgewood Concert Band has also been active in the commission and performance of new works.
The Ridgewood Concert Band is actively engaged with area schools, offering opportunities for talented school
musicians to perform with the band. In 2006, the band launched a scholarship program that reaches a large network
of high schools in the region, inviting musicians who plan to seek a career in music to compete for scholarship
funds. Winners showcase their talent as a featured soloist with the band. The competition and concert is one of
the highlights of each season.
Each year the RCB performs a subscription series of concerts at their performance home in the Westside
Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
The RCB has also obtained world wide recognition through international touring:
The Ridgewood Concert Band’s mission is to promote wind music and adult bands to the surrounding
community and beyond by providing high quality performances that engage and inspire all our listeners.
The Band is committed to the following: