History


Band music and community bands have a distinguished history of contributing to America’s cultural heritage, and Adult concert bands have historically enjoyed strong associations with their communities, serving as musical resources for special civic, cultural and patriotic events. The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band continues this heritage in Cumming, Forsyth County and North Georgia.

The Band was founded in July of 1993 by the late Helen Brooks, a retired Forsyth High School teacher and supporter of local arts organizations, whose vision was to establish a community band to give musicians in the area an outlet for their talent, and to give residents an opportunity to hear fine music within their community. Though Helen Brooks has since passed away, she began a rich tradition of community performance that continues to be enjoyed by all.
The band held its first performance in December of 1993 in the auditorium of the Sawnee Cultural Arts Center in Cumming, Georgia. Since then it has continued to play for the enjoyment of thousands of people who enjoy the sound of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trombones, tubas, euphoniums, French horns, trumpets and drums playing together in concert.

The Sounds of Sawnee Concert Band is a community band in every sense, and it is proud to now be established as a community resource. The band provides cultural enrichment for members of the community through regular concert performances. It provides a unique opportunity for musical expression for both distinguished musicians and amateurs alike, to further develop and refine music skills in a friendly setting. The band continually seeks to instill in all people an awareness of music’s important role in the enrichment of the human spirit.

The band welcomes all people who share a love of band music and play, or have played a band instrument. Whether you are an accomplished musical performer or just someone that “used to play” years ago; whether you are young or just young-at-heart; whether you know all of John Philip Sousa’s marches from memory or if you barely remember how to play the B-flat concert scale, you are invited to take a chair at our next rehearsal and begin enjoying yourself.