Georgi Museum Concert Rescheduled!

Due to the extreme heat and widespread chance for thunderstorms, this evening’s concert at the Georgi Museum will be postponed until next Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 7 PM. Thanks you for your continued support, and we hope to see you then.

Historic Salem Courthouse Welcomes the Washington County Band for a Free Concert on the Green

The 41st season of The Washington County Band is underway! They will perform the third concert of their 2022 tour on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm on the Green at the Historic Salem Courthouse, 58 E. Broadway, Salem.   The rain date will be the same time on July 21.The volunteer band is composed of 35-40 musicians, aged from about 18 to 90, from Washington County, nearby Vermont towns and even a few from Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. Weekly rehearsals of traditional tunes, popular favorites and classic band pieces began in May under the direction of Gerald Zaffuts, who began his tenure with WCB in 2021. Mr. Zaffuts has an extensive background in teaching music at both the high school and college level, as well as performing in a wide variety of settings. 
Although community bands have been around in Washington County since the mid-1800’s, this iteration was founded by Moses Sherman of Rupert, VT. Participating in the band appeals to people from a full range of ages and backgrounds. It provides a particularly rich experience for high school students who are looking for an opportunity to play with more experienced musicians. The band maintains a nurturing philosophy and they tend to let the younger players play the first parts while the more seasoned in the group support them. For some, who have more than one relative in the band, the WCB is a multi-generational family tradition. About 35% of the group is made up of couples, like Dave and Debbie Wever, who have been playing in the band on and off since 1993 when their daughter, just after finishing the sixth grade, talked them into joining with her. Another couple was born through WCB when Salem Town Historian, Judy Flagg, who has been a part of the band for 22 years, met her husband, Ken, at band rehearsal.
Admission to all WCB concerts is free. All you need to bring for this delightful evening of music is a lawn chair.

For more information about The Historic Salem Courthouse Concerts on the Green, go to salemcourthouse.org. To learn more about the Washington County Band and its 2022 schedule go to washingtoncountyband.com

Let the 2022 season begin!

A message from our Band Director Gerry Zaffuts:

Hello Washington County Band friends,

We have scheduled our first rehearsal for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at the usual place, The White Church in Salem (officially, the 1st United Presbyterian Church of Salem, 13 West Broadway, Salem, NY) which, by the way, is even whiter this year as it has been recently painted. Rehearsals will then continue each Tuesday evening, same time, same place.

One heads up…our first concert this year will be earlier than usual. We will be performing on Flag Day, Saturday, June 11, 7:00 p.m., at Parks-Bentley in South Glens Falls.

Because of ongoing concerns about Covid we are continuing our policy of rehearsals and concerts for vaccinated folks only. This is in the best interest of all. We will trust that all members who attend will be fully vaccinated so there will be no checking of vaccination status. I think we all care enough about each other to not have to do that.

We will always welcome new members so if any of you know of someone who has played an instrument in the past and might like to join us feel free to extend an invitation. Young students are especially welcome.Looking forward to seeing all of you again on Tuesday, May 3rd. Don’t forget your music stand.

Until then, Gerry

2021 Summer Concerts

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!

Strike up the band!

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.

2020 Concert Season Cancelled

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.

Events Postponed

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.

WCB Welcomes Director Gerald Zaffuts

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.