July 20 - Concert cancelled tonight due to weather.

"The Band's mission from the start has been twofold: to foster enjoyment for member-performers and their audience."

"Forty years ago, in the summer of 1976, our country was celebrating its bicentennial, Jimmy Carter was president, and the Ithaca Concert Band began its first concert series."

"The band was invited to perform at several prestigious gatherings of musicians including the New York State School Band Directors Association in Syracuse, the Association of Concert Bands in Rochester and the New Your State School Music Association Summer Conference in Rochester."


Click HERE to view and download the entire Concert Program. Thank you for celebrating 40 years with the Ithaca Concert Band.


2017 Concert Schedule :..

Celebrating 40 Years of Making Music

Thursday, July 20, 7 PM: Horizon Villages, Lansing - cancelled due to weather
Wednesday, July 26, 7 PM: Six Mile Creek Vineyard, Ithaca
Wednesday, August 2, 7 PM: Danby Community Church





 ITHACA, NY – The Ithaca Concert Band has selected Art Carichner and Richard (Rick) Eleck, Jr. as its new co-conductors, beginning with a series of summer concerts.

The new conductors replace Mark Fonder and Elizabeth Peterson, former professors in the Ithaca College School of Music.

Carichner, a graduate of Mansfield University, served as Instrumental Music Educator in charge of the band program at Horseheads High School (1978-2011, and was the department chair during his final four years at the school. He is currently working in the School of Music at Ithaca College, and conducted the campus band this past semester. In 2011, he received the NYS Distinguished Retired Band Director Award, and he was Horseheads Central School District Teacher of the Year in 2004.

Upon his selection, Carichner said, “I am both honored and excited to be a member of this well-established musical group. I look forward to a wonderful journey creating many happy memories for both band and community members.”

Eleck received a Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace and a Master’s from Ithaca College. He has been Director of Bands at Cortland Senior High School since 1986, with responsibilities of conducting the wind ensemble, the concert band and the jazz band. He also administers the marching and pep bands. The president of the NYS Field Band Conference from 1993-95, Eleck is well known as an All-State and Major Organization adjudicator and clinician. Prior to teaching in Cortland, he was the Director of Jazz Studies at Cayuga Community College.

Eleck, who has been a proponent of life-long music making, said, “I am both humbled and honored to have been offered the opportunity to be co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band. I have often said that playing a musical instrument should not stop at the high school level, and this band accomplishes the mission at an extremely high level.”

Ithaca Concert Band - Children's Concert - Click to Enlarge Photo

Do you play an instrument...

 ...and have the desire to join the Ithaca Concert Band? If so, we may have an opening in a section for you. The band rehearses every Tuesday night from 7:30-9:00 PM at the First Congregational Church @ 309 Highland Road, Ithaca, NY.

Check out the Band Management page, find your section leader and make contact.


Ithaca Concert Band Plays On :..

Click here to hear a radio Interview with band president, Dave Wohlhueter and then come hear the band live at one of the remaining summer concerts.

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Who We Are

The Ithaca Concert Band is the area's community band - the official band of the City of Ithaca - and performs throughout the year at local auditoriums and outdoor venues including the Ithaca Commons summer concert series. The band receives support from donations, both private and corporate, and grants from the Community Arts Partnership.