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The Villages Jazz Workshop was founded as just that, a workshop, or “lab” band;

it’s a place for people who aren’t necessarily steeped in jazz playing and want

to learn more about it. Accordingly, the group is primarily a rehearsal

band, though we also give a performance or two during the year.

Importantly, all are welcome — with the exception of the rhythm section, we do not

constrain the instrumentation to the standard eight brass and five woodwind configuration,

so our size varies somewhat from week to week. While we

do suggest a reasonable comfort level on your instrument and some degree

of sight-reading ability, we don’t care at all how much jazz experience you may

or may not have. Just come and join in the fun!

Jazz Workshop

Wednesday 8:30 to 10:30am, Laurel Manor

Margaret 404-229-6273


Welcome to the website of the Bands of the Villages (BOTV). The BOTV is an

umbrella organization which includes a variety of concert bands, musical groups,

and instrumental ensembles.


    • All of the directors and participating musicians are volunteers and reside in

    the Villages.

    • The musicians, both amateur and professional, enjoy playing music together,

    rehearsing routinely, and performing throughout the year in a variety of


    • Potential members are welcomed to contact the directors of the different

    bands, groups, or ensembles for possible placement.

    • The major purpose listed in the BOTV bylaws is to provide cultural benefits

    and musical entertainment for the community through concerts, festivals,

    parades, and other events.

    • The business of the organization is managed by a Board comprising the

    music directors and representatives from each of the approved concert

    bands, groups, or ensembles.


The BOTV is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation with a significant portion of performance proceeds given to charitable programs including those involved

with music education, senior health, and military families.

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





Jazz Workshop Rehearsal Info

Wed 8:30 to 10:30am, Laurel Manor

Jazz Workshop Concerts 2023-2024

My Funny Valentine - Jazz Workshop