capital sounds concert bandDirector: John Jackson Chosen by the band to be the director on August 14, 2003.

John is a native of Ozark, AL. He attended undergraduate and graduate school at Troy University. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education in 1995 and a Master's degree in Music Education in 1997. He was a member of the Troy University Band, directed by Dr. John M. Long. Taught band for 11 years, with the last 6 in Montgomery Public Schools. On June 2, 2006, he began his new full-time position as band and music director for the city of Montgomery Parks and Recreation.


The Capitol Sounds Concert Band in Montgomery, Alabama, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization supported by the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department. The current band was organized in 1972 as a recreational activity of the old Cloverdale Community Center by a small nucleus of former high school and college band members. It was known as the Montgomery Community Band. In July of 2000, the members voted to change the name to the Capitol Sounds Concert Band. The band performs a wide variety of music, including marches, classical, patriotic, show tunes, jazz and swing. Visit our library to see an alphabetical listing of the music we have.The membership represents a broad spectrum of backgrounds including doctors, educators, lawyers, military personnel, senior adults and college students. Most of the players live in the Montgomery area but some come from towns in the counties surrounding Montgomery.New members are always welcome. Membership is open to all who have finished high school and want to continue playing in a concert band. Students at Alabama State University, Auburn-Montgomery, Faulkner, Huntingdon College and Troy University are welcome. Students enrolled at Auburn-Montgomery may obtain credit for participating in the Capitol Sounds Concert Band.The band has been fortunate in having had experienced, talented and dedicated directors throughout its thirty-nine year existence. If you would like to know more about our directors, go to our directors page.The band provides an opportunity for musicians to enjoy a challenging and rewarding experience to play in a quality level concert band. This organization is continuing the tradition of providing concert band music for the many activities and occasions that take place in the capital city each year. In addition, the band performs several concerts each year for Montgomery and the surrounding area.

Two of our national holidays are normally on the schedule of performances for the Capitol Sounds Concert Band. The 4th of July concert is held at the Riverfront Amphitheater in downtown Montgomery, and the observance of Veteran's Day and Memorial Day is held at the Veteran's Hospital on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. As the capital city's official concert band, the Capitol Sounds Concert Band occasionally plays at events sponsored by the State of Alabama. These activities are usually held at the historic capitol building in downtown Montgomery, on Dexter Avenue. In February 2011, the band moved to its new rehearsal location, 1751 Congressman Dickinson Drive. The band now has its own 2000 + sq. ft. band room, complete with rehearsal space as well as ample storage areas. There is plenty of parking, security and restrooms. The facility is part of a new municipal complex purchased by the city of Montgomery.

Source: Official Website


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