• About the band

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    The Knoxville Community Band gives musicians of all experience levels the opportunity to perform in various concerts, including an outdoor concert series during the summer, other festivals and city events throughout the year playing an assortment of light classical, festive and marching pieces. The band meets in the band room at Northwest Middle School at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night.


  • Upcoming Concerts

    All our concerts are free admission, bring your family and friends!!

    Summer Finale

    July 28th, 2024

    3:00 PM

    Bearden Middle School

    1000 Francis Rd.

    Knoxville, TN. 37902


    Fall Concert

    October 6th, 2024

    3:00 PM

    Bearden Middle School

    1000 Francis Rd.

    Knoxville, TN. 37902


    Christmas Concert

    December 8th, 2024

    3:00 PM

    (tentatively) Bijou Theater

    803 S Gay St.

    Knoxville, TN. 37902


  • Concerts

    Titanic Museum 

    Members of the band were invited to play a concert at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge July 4th, 2024

  • Spring Concert

    Sunday May 19th, 2024
  • Rossini Festival

    Saturday, April 20th, 2024

  • Christmas Concert!

    Sunday December 3rd, 2023

  • Fall Concert! 

    Sunday October 8th, 2023
  • Summer Series Finale featuring three soloists!

    Sunday July 30th, 2023
  • A Patriotic Spectacular

    Sunday June 25, 2023
  • Meet the Band


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    Director ~ Larry Hicks

    Larry Hicks received his B.S. Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Alabama and his Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee.

    After teaching in Alabama for one year Larry and his wife, Shirley, moved to Blount County in 1967. Larry was the band director at Everett High School for 10 years until it was consolidated with 3 other schools to become Heritage High School in 1977. His bands won many awards and were well respected as a competitor throughout his career. He retired from the Blount County School System in 1996 after 19 years as the director of the Heritage Band.

    During the 1986-87 school year Larry served as a teacher evaluator for Tennessee’s Career Ladder Program. He was chosen for this honor based on the strength of his outstanding band program and teaching skills.

    Larry served from 1981-1986 as a horn instructor for the New York based Avant Garde Drum and Bugle Corps.

    From 1990 - 2008 Larry was the director of the United States Musical Ambassadors performing in the Youth Music of the World’s London or Paris New Year’s Day Parade

    Larry has been active as either a trumpet player or band director since he was in the 7th grade. He is a charter member of the Maryville College/Community Band and is also a member of the Craggy Top Brass Quintet. Larry played in the Knoxville Community Band for many years before becoming its director in 2010.

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    Assistant Director ~ Joel Tillman

    Joel is a private instructor of trumpet at Carson Newman University and a retired public school music educator

    of 34 years. In addition to this, he has been able to maintain a freelance presence in the trumpet performance arena

    in Knoxville and surrounding areas. Over that time, he has had the pleasure of backing artists such as The

    Temptations, Mark O’Connor, Rachel Barton-Pine, Mel Torme, Judy Collins, Bernadette Peters and as a pit

    orchestra musician for the Knoxville Broadway appearances of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. Joel has been a performing member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and the Oak Ridge Symphony.

    Since 2012, Joel has been employed by the Roane County School System as a band director. He was also Principal

    of the Oak Ridge Symphony, Solo Principal Cornet of the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass, and Lead trumpet for

    First Baptist Church-Concord’s Studio Orchestra. It was also his pleasure to solo with the Oak Ridge Symphony

    and the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass. Joeal has performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra,

    Knoxville Community Band, and on several occasions performed with the former Knoxville Wind Symphony under Marshall Forrester.

  • Come make music with us!

    Do you play a wind or percussion instrument and looking for a place to play? Come join us. We rehearse every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm. You can find us in the band room at Nortwest Middle School, located at 5301 Pleasant Ridge Road in Knoxville. The band room is located at the left front of the building as you face the school. The door is around the corner on the side. Parking is along the side street and the parking lot further down the side of the school.


    A letter to Prospective KCB Members

    Thank you for your interest in the Knoxville Community Band. We welcome new members who are interested in futhering their musical experience and would be happy to have you join us. Membership in the band is voluntary and there are no fees or auditions. However, you are expected to be proficient on your instrument. You must provide your own instrument and transportation to rehearsals and performances; percussionist players do not have to provide an instrucment but they must have their own sticks, mallets, etc. As a member of the band you must also make a reasonable commitment to our rehearsal and performance schedule, to be present if at all possible. The performance scheuled is provided at the begining of each year, well in advanced of the first performance. We are sponsored by the city of Knoxville Department of Parks andRecreation; as such we represent the city through several concert apperances each year and a high quality performance is expected. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. I will look forward to seeing you at rehearsal.

    Kind regards,

    Larry Hicks, Director KCB.

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    All rehearsals follow with the Knoxville Communtiy School scheduling; please note that if the school is closed for any reason on a scheduled Tuesday rehearsal, then rehearal will be cancelled as well.