About the Band

The Central Kentucky Concert Band is widely recognized as the premier, adult concert band in the Commonwealth, as well as one of the finest ensembles of its nature in the southeastern United States. The CKCB has benefited historically from the support of the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, the Scott County Council of the Arts, Georgetown College, Asbury College and Transylvania University.

Having been founded in February of 1976 by Peter Martin and Dennis Van Horn. These visionaries wanted to form an ensemble – “for the hundreds of individuals who play wind or percussion instruments and enjoy playing, yet have no other performing outlet”. Martin was quoted in the April 14, 1976 Lexington Herald‑Leader as saying, “There is an excitement in concert band that you don’t get in any other phase of music making … members come to rehearsal because they want to be there. There is no other reason than their love of music”.

Originally formed as the “Bluegrass Concert Band”, the name was soon changed to the Central Kentucky Concert Band as the ensemble began to attract players from throughout the Commonwealth, as well as southern Ohio and West Virginia. Today, the ensemble thrives as it boasts a membership united by a common love of music making. Current personnel includes people from all walks of life and represented in the band are attorneys, veterinarians, engineers, pharmacists, business owners, secretaries, civil servants, homemakers and public school and collegiate teachers. The continuing goal of the CKCB is to provide a plethora of experiences that prove to be musically rewarding and personally enjoyable for the players and audience members alike.

The Central Kentucky Concert Band performs three “regular season” concerts each year, as well as maintaining an invigorating summer “pops” schedule. Classic works by Grainger, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Arnold, Sousa, King, Fillmore, Rossini, Offenbach, Verdi, Orff, De Nardis. Brahms, Bach and Beethoven – as well as modern works by Margolis, Gillingham, Whiteacre, Camphouse, Giroux, Holsinger and many others may be found on the band’s recent play lists. Outstanding soloists are a part of the CKCB’s regular concert offerings, and recent guest artists include Ryan Shirar, Angelique Clay, Jay Flippin, Vince DiMartino, Earle Louder, Richard Cryder, Angela Easterday, the SYMBIOSISDUO [Stacey Baker, Tuba and Gail Robertson, Euphonium], Othello Pumphrey, William Bryant and others. Additionally, artist‑players from within the band are oft‑times featured in concert venues.

The ensemble is a member of the Association of Concert Bands of America.

Past Conductors Include …

1976-1977: Peter Martin & Dennis Van Horn

1977-1979: Peter Martin

1979-1980: James Curnow

1980-1985: John Anderson

1985-1992: Ben Hawkins

1992-1993: Harry Clarke

1993-1994: Les Anderson

1994-2014: Peter LaRue


Contact CKCB at centralkycb@gmail.com