Our History

All concert band photos courtesy of Wade Sheldon

All concert band photos courtesy of Wade Sheldon

The Classic City Band of Athens, Georgia is the oldest continuously functioning community band in Georgia. The band was founded in 1976 for the purposes of preserving the rich cultural heritage of the American concert band. On September 7, 2006, Athens Mayor Heidi Davison and the Athens Clarke-County Commission issued a proclamation declaring The Classic City Band “the official municipal band of Athens, Georgia.”

Historical memorabilia of the Classic City Band is housed in a permanent collection at the Heritage Room of the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30606. We thank Don Paalsgard for collecting much of the information on these pages.


Archive of past concert programs

Photo archive


Past Conductors

1976-1977 John H. Corina
1978 Charles H. Douglas
1978 Olin G. Parker
1979 J. Harris Mitchell
1979-1999 Chris Clark
1999 Alison Hayes
2000-2003 Eric Heady
2004 Pat Jameson
2005 Matt Koperniak
2005-2010 Joe Frank
2010-present Michael Brewer