About Us

The Beaverton Community Band is an all-volunteer group of 60-75 adult musicians who share a love for concert band music and willingness to share their talents with the public. We believe that by offering life-long musical education, we can help to preserve the community concert band tradition in America.

Our mission is to engage audiences with diverse artistic performances, enlighten the community through music education, and enrich the lives of our members. We play a critical role in enhancing the quality of life for area residents as great band music is an essential element of a vibrant arts community.

Director

Martin Sobelman became director of the Beaverton Community Band in 2014, and, as part of the Band’s Educational Outreach Program, he and other members assist primary and secondary music teachers in the Beaverton School District with one-to-one tutoring, small group music instruction, and performances for their students.

Mr. Sobelman has also been a member of the Northwest Wind Symphony since 2010 playing soprano, alto and bass clarinets. He was a Music Specialist for the Salem-Keizer School District, teaching elementary general music, elementary choirs, and elementary and secondary band, retiring in July 2012. Prior to that, he taught music at Napier Boys’ High School in Napier, New Zealand for three years, and conducted the Napier Technical Memorial Band, a community group of musicians ranging in age from 15 to 80 years of age! He was the Choir Director of the Morningside United Methodist Church in Salem, Oregon from 2000-2008. He was a teacher of Instrumental and Vocal Music at Half Moon Bay High School, Woodside Elementary and High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area for 9 years, and also taught music for 12 years in schools in Fresno and Madera Counties in California. He was very active in the Pacific Spindrift Players, and the Coastside Repertory theater groups as musical director and pit musician for many productions from 1988-1995.

Mr. Sobelman earned an AB Degree from the University of California, Berkeley, completed graduate studies in Conducting at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Orff Schulwerk Level I and II studies at the University of Memphis. He maintains a private studio for clarinet, saxophone and bassoon students, and is an active performer in chamber, orchestral, wind band, big band, and theater music in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Sobelman resides in West Linn. He has the best wife, and between them are the proud parents of two wonderful sons and daughters and seven cool grandchildren!

History

The band was formally organized in 1978 under the direction of Lambert Morris, who was band director at Beaverton High School. However, the roots of the band can be traced to an earlier time, when interested musicians answered a recruitment ad in the paper and appeared for practice.

The City of Beaverton Mayor’s Office has been a generous supporter of the band since its formal organization. With the help of Mayors Larry Cole through our current Mayor Lacey Beaty, the tradition of city band concerts in the park continues today.

Period Director
2014-present Martin Sobelman
2009-2014 Elizabeth Zinger
2005-2009 Dr. John K. Richards
2003-2005 Warren Baker
2003 Larry Erickson
Jerry McAlister
Steve Fleischmann
Richard Brown
1993-2002 Adair Hilligoss
1978-1982 Lambert Morris
Jerry McAlister
1991-1992 Dan Ogren
1990 Lambert Morris
David Matthys
1985-1989 Dan Ogren
1983-1984 Keith Eide
1978-1982 Lambert Morris

Repertoire

We play a variety of band literature, including marches, symphonic transcriptions, easy listening, pops, swing, patriotic, and holiday tunes. The group presents three formal concerts each year, in addition to performing at community “play-out” events. During the spring and summer, you’ll often find the band at events such as the Beaverton Farmer’s Market, the City’s Picnics in the Park and at concerts in various neighborhoods in Beaverton.

Community Outreach

Part of the Beaverton Community Band’s mission is to “enlighten the community through music education.” Towards this goal, the band and its members have volunteered their time and talents at a number of local schools, including:

  • Beaver Acres Elementary School
  • Beaverton High School
  • Cedar Mill Elementary School
  • Mountain View Middle School
  • Whitford Middle School

Our group also supports the City of Beaverton, local community organizations, retirement communities, and businesses. We have provided entertainment for:

  • American Association of University Women, Lake Oswego Branch
  • Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Beaverton City Library
  • Beaverton Downtown Association
  • Beaverton Farmers Market
  • Beaverton Flicks by the Fountain
  • Beaverton Winter Lights
  • Bridge Meadows
  • Cedar Mill Farmers Market
  • David Hill Winery
  • King City Civic Association
  • Laurel Parc at Bethany Village
  • Maryville Memory Care
  • Mir Music
  • Portland Downtown Lions Club
  • River View Cemetery
  • Salt & Straw Cedar Hills
  • South Beaverton Neighborhood Association
  • Willamette View
Beaverton Community Band Brass Quintet opening the new Beaverton neighborhood Bridge Meadows with Beaverton’s own Billie the Beaver. In the Quintet besides Billie, from left to right, are BJ Bruce, Ken Williamson, John Webster, Rich Lovgren, and Mayne Mihacsi

The Beaverton Community Band also sponsored NW BandFest (formerly the Oregon Community Adult Band Festival), a yearly event where community bands from Oregon and Southwest Washington performed for the public and each other. The 2020 Festival was co-sponsored with Rex Putnam High School Bands and held there on March 7th.