The Longmont Concert Band is a non-profit organization composed of volunteer musicians from Longmont and surrounding communities. The band was founded by Robert Crow, who, when he moved to Longmont in retirement, wanted a place to play his instrument. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1945 as a member of an Air Force Band in Tampa, Fla. He was a former member of Denver’s John Phillip Sousa Band. Mr. Crow died on Dec. 12, 2008 at the age of 84.

When he was starting the band, Bob recruited the recently retired Richard Kohl to be its Musical Director, a position he held for 10 years. Today, Mr. Kohl remains with the Band as Director Emeritus and Peter Alexander, a member of the clarinet section, serves as Interim Director for the Spring of 2014.

Longmont Concert Band members have ranged in age from 17 to 82. Since its formation in 2003, the band has grown from a group of 15 players to over 40 players today, with almost complete instrumentation. Comprised of amateur musicians from Longmont and the surrounding area, the band provides a forum for area musicians to work together as a team. Mr Kohl: “There is a feeling of connection because of the music and what it says, what it does, and the emotions it portrays that bring audience and performer together."

In addition to the four free concerts we perform in Longmont annually, the band has opened the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park's Thursday Night Live performance series for the last four years, and recently performed a benefit concert at the Old Stage Stop in Rollinsville. A very popular annual event has been the Christmas concert held at the Longmont Senior Center. The 2013 Christmas concert, "Horns for the Holidays," drew our largest audience yet!