The Madison Community Band has been privileged to make many significant contributions to the local music and arts community, with a special focus on providing unique music education opportunities for students at area schools.
The Madison Community Band honors the contributions of its youngest members through a scholarship program. The $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior student.
To encourage students in the band programs at area schools, the Madison Community Band sponsors guest artists and clinicians. In 2000 and 2001, the band played host to a cornet soloist and clinician, who visited several schools in Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and Athens, Alabama during a week-long clinic tour. The clinics focused on the history of concert bands and in particular, the history of the cornet and keyed bugle. The Madison Community Band continues to bring guests artists to the area for similar clinics.
Early Music Education
Often, several members of the Madison Community Band visit with young children at a Huntsville-area preschool to introduce them to the world of music. The hands-on percussion demonstration allows the children to learn about the various percussion instruments and the function each instrument plays in the percussion section. At the conclusion of each demonstration, the children are given the opportunity to actually play the instruments, which is always a treat for them because they can really make some noise. The Madison Community Band offers similar demonstrates and clinics to other schools in the North Alabama area.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
In 2003, the Madison Community Band proudly sponsored the formation of a Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter at Bob Jones High School, in Madison, Alabama. Sixty-one students from the school’s choral and band programs were inducted into the international music honor society.