The Washington County Band has been active for well over 30 years in New York and neighboring Vermont. Since its beginning, the Washington County Band has grown steadily, both in size and musicianship. The name may be a little misleading, since the 40-some members hail from not only Washington County, but Warren, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties – and many from Vermont as well.
Our Director: In August 2019 the band said good bye to our dedicated director Paul Kafer, who had led us for the past two years to new heights. Paul left to take a new teaching postion in Minnesota, and we wish him the best. We are excited to welcome our new director Gerald Zaffuts, who comes to us with many years of experience in teaching and performing music. Please see Gerald Zaffuts for more information about the range and depth of his musical background.
The group rehearses every Tuesday evening from April through August and performs an average of eight concerts in various local venues during each season.
The WCB has proven to be a very good stepping stone for students during summer vacation. The opportunity to play music with more experienced musicians – and have fun at the same time – is invaluable. Members’ ages range from 18 to 80! All members are volunteers. Concert proceeds go toward the purchase of new music, as well as for an annual scholarship given to a promising local student planning for a career in music.
The Washington County Band has a varied repertoire, consisting of marches, show tunes, ballads, big band medleys, Latin tunes and old favorites. Here are some samples of our playing from previous concerts:
Holst Suite for Military Band
For more information about the Washington County Band, call 518-854-9339.