History

1980's band concert showing Paul Rosene, conductor, and Mayor Jesse Smart. The band is playing at the dedication of the Bloomington Public Library.  Click on the eye-glass icon to see a full-sized view.  Do you recognize anyone?  Current members?

Honoring Two Former CCB Members

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Dick Veselack and Paul Rosene as trumpeters in the Bloomington Passion Play about 1948. As Paul Rosene remembers: Whenever Pilate raised his scepter, we played a very special fanfare!  As the crowd cried "We Want Barabbas," he would silence them by raising his scepter. AND...we played and played and PLAYED! 

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Paul Rosene directed CCB up until 1990.  Dick Veselack played trumpet in the CCB for many years and was its assistant director.  This photo was taken in 1949 when Paul and Dick were both music majors at ISU (then ISNU) and played frequently on campus and around Illinois.

We are looking for historical tidbits about community bands in the Bloomington-Normal area and the current B-N Community Band, as well as old photos of the bands, and even some old recordings that we might convert small audio clips of to digital form to share. Feel free to email information to David Williams.

The CCB in its present form started in 1978 with Dr. Paul Rosene as its director. On the left is an historical photo provided by Paul Rosene.  He also provided some comments  about the CCB's beginnings and history:


My "farewell" concert with the CCB was April, 1990.  We featured a commissioned work at that program, and brought the composer from California to conduct. 


I became the conductor and director, officially, in January 1978.  The community had tried to form a Town & Gown Band several years prior but it never really got off the ground successfully.  The cooperation we received from the various businesses in B-N area was so gratifying.  We had shared concerts with Parkland Community College, the Community College in East Peoria and also the outstanding East Peoria High School Band.  The tradition of the Parkland Band shared concert continues every year.  We were also very active with the Westminster Retirement center in Bloomington, and they have continued to sponsor an annual concert.

The "highlight" of my years as conductor was participating in the "State Farm sponsored Christmas Program" held at the Atrium each year.  Working with Dick Benson, the Community Band was  featured so well in the early version of that annual event. I felt that the CCB contributed to the amazing success and popularity of that annual presentation.  

Paul Rosene, Orlando, Florida (January 2007)




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