The current membership
includes over 45 musicians of all ages. Most band members have
played instruments in high school or college and find the band
to be a convenient and inexpensive way to keep up their skills
during their adult life. Members donate their time and, with
a few exceptions, are expected to provide their own instruments.
Membership is open
to anyone showing sufficient skills in playing a wind or percussion
instrument. Musical skill adequacy will be determined by the
Musical Director. Please see below
for additional information about band member responsibilities.
Members are requested
to make an annual voluntary monetary donation. The Board establishes
a member donations goal each September based primarily on the
donation total achieved the previous year. Members may use this
goal along with their financial situation to determine their
voluntary donation amount. Since SJMB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization, member donations are tax deductible and the Treasurer
will issue you a receipt for tax purposes. Our annual donations
drive runs from September to year-end, but donations are accepted
at anytime. Many employers have programs that benefit 501(c)(3)s,
and you are encouraged to take advantage of these, if possible.
For indoor formal concerts
Gentlemen: black shirts,
black slacks, no tie
Ladies: black slacks, dress, or skirt with black top
For outdoor and less-formal
White SJMB polo shirt,
khaki or black slacks, depending on the venue and event, and
optional SJMB straw hat.
The required SJMB
polo shirt and optional SJMB straw hat are available for purchase.
Payment for these items should be made to the Band Treasurer.
The SJMB is a performance
group, not a rehearsal band. As such, it is important that each
member make it a priority, as much as possible, to participate
in the scheduled performances. Should a member not be able to
make a performance, the section leader and the Musical Director
should be informed. In some cases it may be desirable for the
member to find a substitute to fill in.
Each year the band
purchases new musical arrangements to play.
Throughout the year the band's active repertoire changes, based
on the time of year and the upcoming performances, and consists
of newly-acquired music and music pulled from our library. The
Band Librarian maintains all of the band's music.
Parts are handed out and placed in their respective folders.
The Librarian makes these folders available at each rehearsal.
The folders must be turned back in to the Librarian at the end
of each rehearsal, unless a member wishes to take a folder to
practice the music at home. Members are free to use pencils
to mark their music with performance notes.
Rehearsal time and location
The San Jose Metropolitan
Band is a year-round group. The band rehearses on Mondays at
320 Piercy Road, San Jose, CA.(Map).