Upcoming Concert

Love is in the Air

The Perinton Concert Band will present a concert on Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:30PM.

Location: Minerva DeLand School Auditorium, Fairport, NY

April 12

2024

7:30 PM

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2023-2024 concerts

October 27, 2023 7:30PM

Seascapes

The Perinton Concert Band will present “Seascapes” on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 7:30PM. Musical selections will include Vaughan Williams’ “Sea Songs,” a Sousa march, and a tribute to Jimmy Buffet to name just a few. Please join us for the first concert of conductor Chuck Van Buren’s final season!

Location: Minerva DeLand School Auditorium, Fairport, NY

December 8, 2023 7:00 PM

Holiday Harmonies

The Perinton Concert Band will present “Holiday Harmonies” on Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM. Musical selections will include “Feliz Navidad”,  “Dreidel Dance”, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” to name a few. This annual holiday concert will also include a special visit from Santa! Please join us for conductor Chuck Van Buren’s final season!

Location: Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Rd, Fairport, NY

January 31, 2024 7:30 PM

Combined Concert

The Perinton Concert Band will combine with the Eastman Wind Orchestra to present a concert on Wednesday,  January 31, 2024 at 7:30PM. Musical selections from the band will include Bernstein’s “The Wrong Note Rag” and Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances” to name a couple. The performance will also showcase a piece played by the two groups together.

Location: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater

April 12, 2024 7:30 PM

Love is in the Air

The Perinton Concert Band will present a concert on
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 7:30PM.

Location: Minerva DeLand School Auditorium, Fairport, NY

May 17, 2024 7:30 PM

Impressions

The Perinton Concert Band will present a concert on
Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7:30PM.

Location: Minerva DeLand School Auditorium, Fairport, NY

June 2024

Gazebo Concert

The Perinton Concert Band will present a summer concert at the Fairport Gazebo. The band will be performing light music suitable for all ages.

August 2024

Salute to America

The Perinton Concert Band, along with the Fairport Fire Department Band, will present a Salute to America at the Perinton Recreation Center, Turk Hill Rd, Fairport. Patriotic music will be featured.

Biography

Chuck Van Buren - Conductor

Mr. Van Buren has a Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and a Master’s degree in music education from the Eastman School of Music. He spent thirty-three years as a music educator and is retired from his position as a band director at Penfield High School in Penfield, New York. He is currently a supervisor of student teachers for SUNY Fredonia. He is an All-State adjudicator for the New York State School Music Association and serves as a freelance adjudicator/clinician throughout New York State and Canada.

As a professional musician, Mr. Van Buren performs in various commercial, jazz, and classical settings. He has performed on saxophone as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Gap Mangione Big Band, and for twenty-two years played first clarinet in the Greater Rochester Music Educators Wind Band under the direction of Al “Corky” Fabrizio. He has performed with many nationally known groups and entertainers including Ray Charles, Johnny Mathis, The Temptations, Jerry Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Kenny Rogers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé. 

He is a member of the New York State School Music Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Association of Concert Bands. He is a founding member of the New York State Band Directors Association, and is the first recipient of NYSBDA’s Outstanding Band Director Award. He has also served as President of both the Ontario and Monroe County New York School Music Associations.

Perinton Concert Band

The Perinton Concert Band was founded in December, 1977 by a group of local musicians and has grown from a very meager beginning to become one of the most highly regarded community bands in the Northeastern United States.  The band owes its success to a long line of dedicated members and directors with a single-minded objective of continuous musical improvement.

The Perinton Concert Band was founded by Perinton resident Ken MacDavid and a group of local musicians. The band’s first director was Dr. Sidney Hodkinson, nationally known composer and faculty member of the Eastman School of Music. The band performed its first concert in April, 1978. In June 1980, Dr. Hodkinson left the band and the band’s Board of Directors appointed Wendell Harrison as musical director. Mr. Harrison was president of the Wendell Harrison Music Corporation, and held a BM and an MM in music education. During Mr. Harrison’s leadership the band grew substantially in both numbers and musical talent. Following Mr. Harrison’s departure in 1983, the band had several directors including Dr. Carl Atkins and Al “Corky” Fabrizio. Following Mr. Fabrizio’s departure in 1988, the Board of directors appointed our current musical director Charles Van Buren.

As the band’s stability improved and its reputation for musical excellence spread, it began to receive invitations to perform at various conferences, festivals and exchange programs. These appearances have primarily been in New York State, but the band has also traveled to Ontario, Canada and Boston, Mass. The band has also performed with many regionally and nationally acclaimed professional musicians, groups, and guest conductors. In 1996 the band recorded its first compact disc, titled “Pride of Perinton”. Two more CDs were subsequently recorded, one in 2001 titled “Great Music from Great Movies” and a holiday music CD (“A Gift of Music”) in 2006. In 2008, the band commissioned Jeff Tyzik (Pops director of the RPO) to compose a piece to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary. Mr. Tyzik’s composition entitled “Race to Summit” was premiered at the Association of Concert Bands National Conference in Corning, NY.