Monterey Community Band

The Community Band has been in existence for for over 25 years. It is the official band and represents the City of Monterey. Our conductor is Mr. Dick Robins. Please see our rehearsal schedule below. Our Spring Concert will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at the Monterey Peninsulas College Music Hall. Our concerts are always free and family friendly!

We welcome all band instrument players that have good music reading skills, their own instruments and can commit to making rehearsals and performances. Our music is fun and challenging and we're sure you'll enjoy playing with our band. If it has been a while since you last played, you'll be surprised at how quickly it comes back to you. Our band environment is warm and welcoming and we always enjoy having new players join our group. Our schedule is down below, so feel free to drop in on any of our rehearsals. Weekly rehearsals are held on Mondays at the Monterey High School Band Room. You're more than welcome to just observe a rehearsal or bring your instrument and start playing too!

Our Instrumentation: Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone), Trumpet, Cornet, French Horn, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, String Bass, Percussion
Car pools may be available for band members who travel from outside the Monterey area. Please inquire at rehearsals.

Monterey Community Band Schedule

Contact Recreation

Monterey Recreation
546 Dutra Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Office: (831) 646-3866

Office Hours:
Monday  - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Daily Registration ends at 4 p.m.

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Our Leader, Dick Robins

After college, Dick Robins joined the army and played with the Third Army Band while stationed in Atlanta, Georgia. A one year teaching assignment at an Atlanta high school followed before Robins decided to work towards getting a masters degree and teaching credential at UCLA. While in Los Angeles Dick mastered the bass, played in night spots, and did some studio work.

Once he had his credential in hand, Dick headed to Palm Springs, where he taught junior high school music for three years. Eventually, after a short sojourn back in the Los Angeles area, Dick came north and took over the music program at Carmel High. The music program at Carmel High had dwindled to about twenty students. During his 13 year tenure at the school, music was placed back into the regular school day's schedule. The program flourished and grew to the point where 17 percent of the student body was involved in some manner when Dick retired in the late 1990s.

While Dick was at Carmel High, the City of Monterey approached him to become the conductor for the Monterey Community Band. Beginning with about 15 musicians, the band grew to its current core of 35-40 members. In addition to leading the Community Band, Dick is an active musician who performs six to ten gigs a month. These performances are mainly on the Central Coast and range from Dixieland to classical.