Along with finding a permanent rehearsal space, the band has grown. From a small cluster of 17 members, the group has expanded to about 55 area residents who all share a passion for music.
“We have engineers, college professors, school teachers, a legal secretary and a fair number of retired people,” said Nahser. “Some of our original players are still with us. But we’re always looking for new members who love to play.”
The repertoire leans toward the popular and classical, Nahser said.
“We play what your high school band played for its spring concert. It’s not marching band music, though we do a lot of marches and patriotic concerts, along with a lot of show tunes. It’s traditional, classic band music that you don’t usually hear on a football field.”
Nahser, who acts as the program supervisor, schedules appearances at city functions and local senior living centers. “We always play for Flag Day celebrations, at Wills Park on the Fourth of July and for the Old Soldiers Day events in August,” he said. “And every December we have a holiday concert at the Alpharetta adult activity center.”
Right now, the band is looking for new players to join the ranks. Though musical ability is required, it’s also important to want to have fun, Nahser said.
“We do provide a service by having musical programs that enhance the lifestyle of the community,” he said. “But it’s also a lot of fun.”