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was founded in April 2002 and offers its members a wide variety

of Instrumental music to perform for all Villagers to enjoy.

All members are residents of The Villages with varied backgrounds

with one commonality - instrumental music making in their

retirement years.

The Villages Concert Band is a member of New Horizons International,

the Association of Concert Bands and The Bands of The Villages

and supports senior citizens’ involvement in instrumental music programs.

Concert Band

Tuesday 7 to 9pm, Mulberry Rec Ctr

Jean Butler 352-751-3401




Tues Dec 5, 2023 at 7pm


I heard the bells on Christmas day—their old, familiar carols play, and wild and

sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Christmas is coming, and what a wonderful time of the year! The holiday stirs fond memories of evergreen trees, great goodies, and of course the sounds of Christmas music.  

The band under the direction of conductor Jean Butler, is ready to set this year’s 

mood with a Christmas concert held at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 

3470 Woodridge Drive, Villages. The program titled, “An Enchanted Holiday Journey”, opens with the popular yuletide song, “We need a little Christmas!”

For weeks, strains from a selection of festive compositions have filled the rehearsal hallways—as Butler leads a list of traditional and contemporary music. Examples 

of some of the tunes include the following: “Go tell it on the Mountain”, “Cantique de Noel”, and “Three Mood of Hanukkah”. 

Joining the band are the “Praise Ringers”, two handbell ensembles from New Covenant. The flourishes and articulations from these British style bells add a realistic and festive touch to the songs, “And all the Bells shall Ring” and “Christmas Bells Overture”.  

So, pull out the red and green sweaters and invite your family and friends to share in

the enjoyable occasion! In addition to listening to the music, there’s an opportunity for

those who like to sing to join with the band as they play the medley, “it’s Christmas”. 

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased on the websites of the band and the church (below).  Proceeds from the ticket sales are shared with the church’s Outreach Ministries. The concert band is aligned under the Bands of the Villages which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A portion of their proceeds will be given to local charities. 

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marked “Tickets’ at the top).

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The Villages Concert Band

is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the

funds from all concerts.

Jean Butler, the conductor

of The Villages Concert

Band has built a great musical organization here

in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested 

in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?


Jean Butler at

or 352-751-3401

Attendance Policy for playing a Concert

As we continue grow

in quality of performance

and quantity of members 

it is imperative to have full attendance at rehearsals.

We all know that there are very good reasons why people are not able to attend every rehearsal

and those reasons are respected; however, the following guidelines have been established to insure the highest level of performance that we 

can possibly achieve.

Ways to Improve Practice Time





Concert Band  Rehearsal Info

Tues Aug 15,

Rehearsal Americana Rm

Tues Aug 22,

Rehearsal Liberty and Old Glory

Tues Aug 29,

Rehearsal Liberty and Old Glory

Tues Sept 5,

Rehearsal Liberty and Old Glory

Tues Sept 12,

Rehearsal Liberty and Old Glory

Tues Sept 19,

Rehearsal Americana Rm

Tues Sept 26,

Rehearsal Americana Rm

Tues Oct 3,

Rehearsal Americana Rm 

Concert Band Concerts 2023-2024

Mon Oct 9, Dress Rehearsal 3pm

@New Covenant UMC

Tues Oct 10, Concert 7pm

@New Covenant UMC

Mon Dec 4, Dress Rehearsal 3 pm

@New Covenant UMC

Tues Dec 5, Concert 7pm

@New Covenant UMC

Mon Feb 12, Dress Rehearsal 3pm

@New Covenant UMC

Tues Feb 13, Concert 7pm

@New Covenant UMC

(note this is Mardi Gras)

Tues April 9, Dress Rehearsal

@New Covenant UMC

Thurs April 11, Concert 7pm

@New Covenant UMC

(note day off between

rehearsal and concert)