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Today's community band picks up on a tradition begun in the 1920s with the St. Helena Municipal Band. That band was founded at a meeting in the Oddfellows Hall on Main Street in Saint Helena in 1921.

In the Fall of 2007 Francis Ford Coppola, the celebrated filmmaker, and John Sorensen of today's Odd Fellows organization fancied a reprise of the hometown musical tradition and made plans for the return of the community band.

Under the direction of Michael Mendelson, the band played their first concert on Saturday December 1, 2007 on the bandstand in Lyman Park for the Hometown Holiday Celebration.

The band gratefully acknowledges the support of all members of the Napa Valley community. To receive notices of upcoming performances, please subscribe to the monthly email announcements.

"A community band could be a wonderful thing that could get us all together as neighbors."  - Coppola

Saint Helena Community Band takes great pleasure in sharing time and talents together to enhance the unique quality of life in our beloved community. Bringing greater harmony to Saint Helena and beyond is our united endeavor of generation to generation giving back the joy of music, and other blessings of Napa Valley living. As musicians provide the Band’s acoustical essence many support functions are needed to augment our completely charitable community organization.

The Band invites full community participation, encouraging all to attend performances, spread the word to friends and families, volunteer in-kind or professional services, and donate financially to help cover music, equipment and business expenses. If you are interested in supporting the Band as a volunteer, or would like to schedule a performance please address a letter to the Band Manager at PO Box 261, St Helena CA 94574 or email the band manager.

Your support and interest in the Saint Helena Community Band is very much appreciated. Donations may be made by check payable to SHCB and mailed to PO Box 261, St Helena CA 94574. As an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, your contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Band members are very grateful for your support.

To receive the Band’s performance schedule please send an email to the band manager and include your contact information. You will receive an occasional email during the season with concert dates, flyers to share with others, or Band news. We hope to see you at a performance in the near future!

Band membership is by open invitation*. If you live in the Napa Valley area and would like to play with Saint Helena Community Band, please see the rehearsals and concerts scheduled on the calendar Events page. Interested musicians are invited to come to a rehearsal, introduce yourself, play with your section, and let the section leader know your interest in playing regularly with the Band. Be sure to complete the contact info form so we can contact you about Band membership and current events.
(*Membership prerequisites are simply good music reading and playing abilities at a high school or greater level.)

All Band members are unpaid volunteers dedicated to making good music together in support of music education, enjoyment and excellence in our fine community. Most reside in or near Napa Valley. Musicians provide their own instruments except percussionists who use equipment purchased with donations to the Band. If you would like more information before attending a rehearsal please send an email describing your interest, the instrument you play, your musical background and any question you may have to the band manager.

Saint Helena Community Band rehearsals are Sundays from 6 to 8:15 pm in St. Helena High School's Rudd Building, 1401 Grayson Avenue, in Saint Helena. See the map for details.

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Holly Rogers, General Manager,
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Saint Helena Community Band, PO Box 261, Saint Helena, California 94574