Overall, 68 individuals and businesses, all listed on the Dunedin Music Society website, contributed to the cause.
DUNEDIN, Florida. March 21, 2017 – The Dunedin Music Society was formed in last days of 2016 after more than twenty volunteers spent two years consulting and visioning the future of music in Western Tampa Bay. Armed with little more than the slogan “Connecting local communities with live music,” the Board of Directors invited interested parties to become official Founders of the organization. At the initial fund-raising event in which performers delighted the audience with ragtime, classical, jazz, bagpipe, acoustic rock music, and much humor, Maestro Stephen P Brown shared the reasons for creating the Society, as well as what it intends to do and how.
Overall, 68 individuals and businesses, all listed on the Dunedin Music Society website, contributed to the cause that was sparked by the City of Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department’s desire to see the 35-year-old Dunedin Concert Band become its own entity. Volunteers in the band and from the community helped shape what that entity would look like, resulting in the Dunedin Music Society. Since 2014 Brown has transformed the band from a large exclusive club for amateur musicians into a fun, high quality performing ensemble consisting of advanced amateur, semi-professional and even professional musicians, with an active presence in the community. The Dunedin Music Society plans to supplement the Dunedin Concert Band with a less technically demanding group for amateurs and students not yet at an advanced level of playing.
“Passion and collaboration have proven time and time again to be far more effective and impacting than pride or individual gain” says Brown on the Dunedin Music Society website. As Interim General Director of the Society, Brown’s collaborative approach to sharing music with others is demonstrated again by the second Pinellas Festival of Community Bands being hosted at the Dunedin Community Center on Saturday, April 8, in which five bands from Pinellas and beyond perform independently and together. The Society also hopes to collaborate with Classic Pinellas Radio and broadcast concerts live online.
With the initial funds donated by the Founders, the Dunedin Music Society can make preparations (including establishing a visual identity such as a logo) to create a membership program and take over ownership and operations of the Dunedin Concert Band, as well as offer small concerts by existing and new chamber ensembles at lunchtimes, Saturday mornings, and privately at residential facilities in the area. There is also an educational element to the Society through its Summertime Music Reading Workshops and, eventually, instrumental music lessons.
“We are thrilled so many music fans in the area actively support the same vision for live music that the Dunedin Music Society does” said Meagan Montmeny, a member of the Board of Directors.
“I would certainly enjoy being included in your ranks as a Founder.” said Pasco resident James Reid and now a Founder of the Dunedin Music Society. “If I can be of further help, please feel free to offer suggestions. I am a Juilliard alumnus, orchestral performer and a violin & viola music theory teacher.”
The Dunedin Music Society, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity that connects local communities with live music. The result of performers and audiences working together, the brand new Society hopes that residents and visitors rediscover the spark that live music in local communities generates, through small and large concerts, festivals and educational opportunities. Visit DunedinMusicSociety.com for details and news of the Society’s progress.