FAQ

Check the list below for answers to your questions about Dublin Community Bands, or about joining one of our fine ensembles.

Have a question not answered below? Go to our Contact Page to find the right person to ask!


When is the next concert?

Please check our schedule to find the next concert!


How do I join?
Dublin Wind Symphony –  Membership is open to all players without audition. Please REGISTER HERE to join us!

Dublin Cornet Band, Dublin Silver Band, and the Emerald Swing Orchestra – Membership in this groups are by audition/invitation only.

*More information can be obtained on the individual band’s page or by contacting the directors, Tim Jameson (Dublin Cornet Band and Dublin Silver Band) or Tom Carr (Emerald City Swing Orchestra.)


How do I get started ?
Dublin Wind Symphony Please read through the FAQ’s so you have an understanding about the makeup and requirements of the DWS. Then, you can register to attend a rehearsal.

Dublin Cornet Band, Dublin Silver Band, and the Emerald Swing Orchestra – These groups are by  audition/invitation only, please contact us if interested in these groups.


Do I have to be a Dublin resident to join?
No, the Dublin Community Bands include members from Dublin and all of the surrounding communities.


What are the age limits?
Musicians of all ages are welcome. Community members, music educators, and/or  High School or exceptional Middle School students. Middle School Students are asked to submit a recommendation from their school band director or private teacher, and to carefully consider with their parents what it means to commit to an outside performing group. School responsibilities should always be a student’s first priority.


How do I know if I am good enough to join?
Dublin Wind Symphony – There are no individual auditions and the band is open to all who have a firm commitment to participate and a desire to perform to the best of their abilities. We suggest you bring your instrument to the two week get acquainted period we offer. After a couple of rehearsals you should be able to determine if you and the band are a good fit.

Dublin Cornet Band, Dublin Silver Band, and the Emerald Swing Orchestra – Membership in this groups are by audition/invitation only. Please contact the appropriate group to find more information.


How will seating be determined?
Seating for bands vary from ensemble to ensemble.

Dublin Wind Symphony –  chairs are rotated and determined by the director and section leaders. Members of a section could rotate parts from concert to concert and even from piece to piece within a concert. Everyone can benefit from playing different parts, and there should be a good distribution of strong players on every part. This rotation enhances the balance of the group, and listening skills will improve as players gain a different perspective. This policy should establish an atmosphere of cooperation, learning, and encouragement so
that we create a quality musical experience for all.

Dublin Cornet Band – Placement is determined by the director

Dublin Silver Band – chairs are set in a traditional brass band setting. Placement is determined by the director

Emerald Swing Orchestra –Placement is determined by the director


What if I don’t have an instrument?
We are developing partnerships with both Rettig Music (6321 Sawmill Rd., Dublin) and Buckeye Brass and Winds (7445-A Montgomery Dr., Plain City) to create an adult instrument rental &/or step up program. Percussionists will be responsible for providing their own sticks/mallets, but other percussion instruments will be provided.


What if I have an instrument but it needs repair?
Both Buckeye Brass and Winds and Rettig Music offer extensive service in instrument repair and replacement. Both are strong supporters of the Dublin music community and would be happy to help you get your instrument concert ready.


Can I donate an instrument(s) to the band and is it tax deductible?
We would appreciate receiving any instruments in good to excellent condition. Every instrument received in the program will be valued and used by a band member, or if it duplicates one we already have it will allow us to acquire other needed instruments. We would encourage you to consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your donation. Note that the Dublin Community Bands is a 501(c)(3) entity.


What are some benefits for having Dublin Community Bands?
• Volunteer musical organizations provide an important musical, social, and creative outlet for amateur musicians, and serve as a telling indicator of the cultural richness of a community.
• It provides a meaningful participatory musical, social, and creative experience for musicians of all ages and of all skill levels.
• Community musical organizations can serve as an ambassador for the city, demonstrating Dublin’s cultural depth to potential residents, businesses and visitors.
• A community band provides a medium by which world-class musicians can be brought into the community to perform as guest artists.
• Performances and festivals by community musical organizations draw nonresidents
to the city, helping fill hotel rooms, restaurants, and other retail establishments.