We played our final concert of this memorable 40th summer season on August 14 at the Rupert, Vermont, Firehouse as part of the Rupert Old Home Days event. One of our favorite pieces this summer was recorded by a member of the audience that day. Please enjoy our rendition of the Olympic Fanfare and Theme, composed by John Williams as the theme for the 1984 Olympic games.
2021 Summer Concert Series to celebrate our 40th anniversary!
Friday, July 30, 7:00 pm – Parks/Bentley House – So. Glens Falls, NY
Thursday, August 5, 7:00 pm – Georgi Museum , Shushan, NY
Saturday, August 14, 12:00 noon – Old Home Days, Rupert, VT
Did you know this year is the 40th anniversary of the Washington County Band? We may only have 3 concerts, but we are giving them our best efforts ever to celebrate our 40th!
Rehearsals for fully vaccinated members of the Washington County Band will resume on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, starting June 15, 2021. After a long year for everyone, the band is looking forward to resuming making music together. The decision to regroup was made by the WCB Board and Band Director, based on the latest CDC guidelines and compliance with the NYS rules regarding safely reopening events to fully vaccinated persons.
Band members please see here for more information about rehearsals.
June 1, 2020: The Washington County Band 2020 summer concert season has been cancelled. We will miss playing for everyone this year but are already planning for 2021, which will mark the Washington County Band’s 40th year! We look forward to celebrating that milestone next year and hope everyone stays safe and healthy in the meantime. Thank you for all your enthusiasm and support! We look forward to seeing you when the time is right.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are postponing all our events, both rehearsals and concerts, until this time of social distancing passes. Please stay safe and watch for updates.
Our 2020 concert season is shaping up. Please see our events page for details. All of our concerts are free and feature a variety of music with something for everybody! Enjoy a leisurely summer evening with us in these beautiful settings in and around Washington County, New York. Bring a lawn chair and your family and friends.
The Washington County Band is pleased to announce that Gerald Zaffuts is our new Director, starting with our 2020 concert season. Gerald brings a wide range of musical skills and experience, as summarized in his resume below.
Gerald Zaffuts is a graduate of the Crane School of Music where he was awarded a Performer’s Certificate in trombone. He received his graduate degree in performance from the University of Northern Colorado and did post-graduate study at Indiana University. His primary teachers include Buddy Baker, Thomas Beversdorf, Milt Stevens and David Baker. Mr. Zaffuts was Instructor of Brass Instruments at Bennington College for eight years and has been associated with Skidmore College since 1982. While at Skidmore he founded the jazz program and created the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute, serving as Director for twenty years. Mr. Zaffuts has also served on the faculties of the Crane Youth Music and Northeast Music camps and often works as a brass coach with the Empire State Youth Orchestra.
Mr. Zaffuts spent nineteen years as Director of Bands at Averill Park High School in Rensselaer County, NY. While there he was the recipient of the Olmsted Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching from Williams College as well as being selected as an Outstanding Teacher of the Capital Region seven times. Additionally, he served as a model for the International Center for Leadership in Education’s study on what distinguishes an extraordinary teacher.
As a performer, Mr. Zaffuts was principal trombone with the Colorado Fusion Orchestra under the direction of Pat Williams and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Bach Choir of London, and at the Newport and Kool Jazz Festivals as well as with a wide variety of recording artists and entertainers. Mr. Zaffuts has also performed in the pit orchestra for several Broadway National Tours. He has recorded and/or toured with the New Columbian Brass Band, The New Walnut Street All-Star Orchestra and the Newberry Brass Band. Mr. Zaffuts has also been associated with Dorian Recordings as a post-session producer.
We are saddened by the loss of band member Carl Graves, longtime member of our trumpet section. The Washington County Band wishes to express its appreciation for his participaton over the years and sends sincere condolences to Carl’s family. To learn more please see Carl Graves Obituary.
We had a lovely concert evening at the Georgi Museum in early August on the banks of the Battenkill River. Thank you, Georgi, for inviting us to play and thanks also to the Battenkill Creamery for providing ice cream for all! This concert marked the halfway point of our summer concert series. That means there are lots of opportunities for great music and lazy summer evenings ahead. Remaining concert dates and locations are:
*Saturday, August 10, 12:00 PM, Rupert, VT, Rupert Old Home Days, Rupert Fire Dept. grounds (note: local posters say 1 PM but we play at noon!)
*Thursday, August 15, 7 PM, Library Park, Cambridge, NY
*Thursday, August 22, 7 PM, Granville, NY, Bandstand, Veterans Park
*Saturday, August 24, 6:30 PM – Pawlet, VT, Pawlet Public Library
All our concerts are free and feature a variety of music with something for everybody! Enjoy a leisurely summer evening with us in these beautiful settings in and around Washington County, New York. Bring a lawn chair and your family and friends.
Our first concert at Mowry Park In Greenwich, NY, was well attended, a beautiful evening that made up for being rained out the previous night in Cambridge. (New date for Cambridge, NY, concert is Thursday, August 15, 7 PM, at Library Park)
The band is excited to welcome nine new high school musicians from Salem and Greenwich for our 2019 summer concert season. The band now has more than 60 members! (First row: Gabe Gallagher, Josephine Monder, Lucinda Monder; middle row: Abby Done, Lily Gallagher, Lillian Butler; back row: Brian Wells and Sage Beagle)