Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band
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in Washington DC at the National Memorial Day Concert
First Band to Ever Play in Front of the M. L. King Memorial
The Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band (MACB) was founded in
October of 1996 with Dr. Alfred D. Wyatt, Sr. at the helm.
Rehearsals began that same month at the Benjamin E. Mays High
twenty-five musicians in attendance. Because of widespread
interest in a community band based in southwest Atlanta,
membership has more than tripled since that time. The band's
participants, director, and associate director are all volunteers.
Band members represent a diverse body of amateur and professional
musicians from all walks of life--professional, non-professional,
band's debut performances took place in December of 1996 at
Greenbriar and South Dekalb Malls. Since that time, the band
has performed for the National Black Music Caucus, The Rialto
Center for the Performing Arts, the Black Family Reunion at Grant
Park, the Christian Living Center in Union City, Carrie
Steele-Pitts Children's Home, Friendship Baptist Church,
Cosmopolitan AME Church, Spelman College, Morehouse College, as
well as at numerous elementary, middle, and high schools.
band highlights include a joint performance with the 116th Army
National Guard Band at Centennial Olympic Park; participation in
the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs' Summer Concerts in
the Park; participation in the National Association for the Study
and Performance of African-American Music (NASPAAM) convention in
Birmingham, Alabama; the opening of the Darnell Senior Citizen
Center in southwest Atlanta; annual Christmas concerts at
Greenbriar Mall; Festival of Trees at the Georgia World Congress
Center and the Fourth of July Celebration Concert in East Point,
concerts are offered to the Atlanta/Fulton County audiences free
of charge and are designed to make a unique musical and cultural
contribution to the overall community.