Sarasota Concert Band Inc
5317 Fruitville Road #192
Sarasota FL 34232

Preserving traditional American concert band music through performance and youth education. 

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ms. Mary Beth McLeod
Board Chair Affiliation Porter Radiation
General Info
Former Names
Florida Symphonic Band
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1959
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2018
State Registration Exempt Mar 2021
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Other Documents
State of the BandView
Impact Statement
This years most exciting accomplishment is the Honors Band project. Five counties have been invited to participate in this much needed student band. Counties included are Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Hardee and Charlotte. The students, grades 7 thru 12, audition for the opportunity to play in the band. This year 250 students auditioned and we will have the selected students play a concert at the Sarasota Opera House, May 7th, 2017. This project would not have been possible if it were not for the generous donation from the Hecht Foundation. They gave us funds for three years to help get this off the ground. Over half of the areas schools participated in this project with great enthusiasm. The Sarasota Concert Band is proud to be the sponsor of this Honors Band. We will continue exciting our audiences with our performances in the American tradition of concert band style music as well as establishing the Honors Band. The hope that it lasts well into the future, motivating as well as making great memories for these students.     
Needs Statement
1. $5000.00 Marketing and Sponsorship assistance-  There are seven events held throughout the season. Mostly comprised of themed event concerts for the community. Our biggest event is Memorial Day which can bring in over 1000 people. This has been a tradition for over 30 years. To keep this event alive and appeal to a broader demographic we need  professional marketing people. 
2. $5000.00 Sponsorship for our Student Honors Band - Future funding will be needed to keep this important program alive. 
3. $9000.00 Business Development Manager - Part time professional to focus on developing sponsorships, program advertising, and patron development including the oversee of an annual program to provide recognition and build audiences.
4. $1700.00 per chair Principal Chair Named Sponsorships – named positions so that the top musicians will lead the organization (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Timpani) 
5. $1200.00 Transportation and Stage Manager– when the Band performs, a stage manager comes early, moves the venue’s equipment and furniture off the stage and sets up for the concert with chairs, podium and percussion. After the performance, everything has to be “torn down”, so that the stage is back to its original condition. The manager also handles the start time, the intermission and making sure that the musicians are in the right place at the right time. 
Background Statement
The Sarasota Concert Band's "royal" heritage goes back to 1925 with John Ringling bringing the Czecho-Slovakian National Band to town. Since then, we've had Arthur Rohr, Tony Swain, Bill Pruyn, and now William Barbanera as directors. Over the years, we've seen full-house audiences at the Lido Beach Casino, Ringling Museum Courtyard and the Van Wezel.
The Sarasota Concert Band pulls from a pool of over 125 musicians to create a large ensemble for each concert of about 50 instrumentalists. Unlike an orchestra (which has string players), a band is exclusively woodwinds, brass and percussion.
Concert BAND music would best be described as adventurous, stimulating, electric, thrilling, invigorating, entertaining, energizing, refreshing, vitalizing, fun, sometimes playful, classical, sing-able, and even jazzy.

There are a variety of pieces in every performance so the audience enjoys 10-15 selections, rather than just 3 or 4. Think of our performances more as "pop concerts with meat".
While music written specifically for concert band is a 20th century phenomenon, there are over 65 world-renowned composers for this genre. (e.g. Morton Gould, Gustav Holst, Igor Stravinsky, Clifton Williams, Philip Sparke, Vincent Persichetti, John Corigliano, Paul Hindemith)

As a professional concert band, we provide an outlet for this unique, and endangered, type of music. We premier new pieces, the most recent being "Maximum Ride" by Munro Sherrill. It was wildly popular among all age groups, a fact reinforced by a request from a 10-year old to perform it again this year. It was his favorite! Our programs also include marches, Broadway tunes, jazz and other light classical selections making for an enjoyable outing for all: families, seniors, and youth.
Our audiences include all ages (5 to 105). These folks have often played in a school band or always wanted to. They may have children or grandchildren in school music programs. They want an evening of pure musical enjoyment... and a little fun. Our conductor converses with the audience, building a rapport and engaging them in the event. We plan fun, audience- involving activities in a multitude of ways like adding a bit of magic, juggling or coordinating with art galleries. We attract tourist and residents with our concerts that extend beyond "high season".
Our musicians have rich musical backgrounds, some as retired military band performers or school music teachers. The core members of our band earn their living as musicians.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments Primarily Sarasota and Manatee counties
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
I chose to volunteer for this organization because of my love of History and music. My roots are in Historic Old Deerfield Mass. where history is taught at a young age and the area is proud of it's heritage. I moved here in 1988 and have experienced a similar pride that the people of Sarasota have in their community. Our biggest challenge is finding volunteers for our Board of Directors. We have a small board of directors,currently, that are willing to stay on additional terms and see our Honors Band project become a success. We feel strongly that this project needs to succeed for the areas music students. I have enjoyed volunteering for the last six years and will continue to help the band as long as I can.
Description For over four decades on Memorial Day, the Sarasota Concert Band has been entertaining 500 - 1700 area residents and non-season tourists in an outdoor concert to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives for our country.  We provide patriotic music and inspirational words in a concert held on the serene and hallowed grounds of Phillippi Estate Park. We feature soloists, speakers and a color guard to remind the attendees of the sacrifices made on their behalf. The event includes a variety of entertaining music (marches, musicals, classical, jazz) so the audience can celebrate in style.  40 – 50 instrumentalists perform in the Gazebo; sound amplification is provided so that everyone can hear; food/drink vendors are on site for those who have not brought coolers.  Everyone brings a chair or sits on the grass, enjoying a communal respect and appreciation for life as an American. We offer this event for $5 per person so that everyone can participate.
Budget $13,550
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Elderly and/or Disabled Families
Short Term Success For the 2012 Memorial Day Concert, we anticipate great weather so that 1000 people will attend with 15% or greater to be non-permanent residents and 5% to be tourists (here less than 3 months).  One youth soloist will perform with the band.
Long Term Success To continually attract large audiences of 1200 or more to honor this special day.  Attract and entertain out-of-state and non-Sarasota County residents (20%) in off season so that they are more willing to come to the Sarasota area throughout the year.  Feature youth performers / soloists / speakers to attract the younger crowd and give talented kids an opportunity to see positive role models of excellence.
Program Success Monitoring We use an online audience survey tool and a tick-mark paper process on the day of the event to capture stats, anecdotal experiences and background of the audience.
Program Success Examples
Success is measured by the ...
1.  Number of attendees (>1000)
2.  Number of youth attendees (>50, age 20 years or younger)
3.  Number of non full-time residents (15%)
4.  Number of tourists (5%, here less than 30 days)
5.  Youth soloist performing with band at day of event
Description In the past few years, the Sarasota Concert Band has presented six to eight performances a year, reaching a total audience of approximately 3500. With a 40 to 50 musician professional performing group, with a program repertoire that is distinctly unique to high-performing concert bands, ensuring this endangered body of challenging compositions remains vibrant and alive. At the same time, each concert features a broad variety of music. Also featuring local pieces, "Sunshine Skyway March and the 'Sarasota March". Of course, every performance includes at least one march, frequently by John Philip Sousa. We add soloists, dancers and media to the music so that audiences have complete, enriching experiences. Our musicians are engaged on an audition-only basis.  We pull from a list of over 120 professionals and semi-professionals in the area, some of which are here only during "season".
Budget $27,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Families
Short Term Success By the end of the concert series, 20% of concert repertoire will be original band compositions. 80% of audience members will respond that they plan to attend another band concert within the next year. Audience comments from individuals hearing our group the first time are, “Wow, the rich sound is as magnificent as the European professional groups.” And “Very impressive. I’ve studied as a professional pianist and I am astounded at the music!” 
Long Term Success As successor to John Ringling's bringing the Czecho-Slovakian National Band to Sarasota, we have a profound commitment to carry the cultural legacy of professional concert band music in our community. The Sarasota Concert Band’s mission is to bring audiences to a different state of mind … to feel a joy in life, to have an uplifting and moving experience so that people are more able … and motivated … to be at peace, achieve more, bring clarity to their lives.  These types of thoughts and actions occur, they lead to healthier more well-balanced lives, families and communities.  Music moves people to be more caring, more peaceful, more powerful. A study at the Stanford University School of Medicate found that music moves the brain to “pay attention”.  Tracking our audience demographics and experiences with post-concert surveys, 25% will articulate how our performance positively affected their lives and heightened their attention in multiple ways.
Program Success Monitoring The success of programming is evaluated for its artistic balance of original band works with popular works, audience growth and our overall satisfaction by attendees. We use an online audience survey tool and a paper process at concerts to capture stats, anecdotal experiences and background of the audience.
Program Success Examples Success is measured by the ...
1.  Number of attendees (>1000)
2.  Inclusion of original band works (15%)
3.  Audience satisfaction with concert (75% Satisfied and Very Satisfied)
 4. Musician audition scores (50% > 45 points out of 50)
Description The Sarasota Concert Band is committed to the engagement and development of youth through performance in four strategic ways.  1) YOUTH SOLOIST CONTEST.  This is the second annual competition where we select an instrument and a piece of music for solo and band so that we can invite high school students to compete.  We reach these candidates through band directors and private teachers. A prize of $150 and an opportunity to perform as soloist with our group is awarded following a blind audition.  2) YOUTH ANNOUNCERS / SPEAKERS. We work with a school or youth organization to give high school students a chance to announce each piece to the audience as we perform.  Some years we have had a youth be the featured speaker at our annual outdoor Memorial Day event, with an attendance of 700-1000. 3) YOUTH PERFORMERS.  We invite a select number of highly-talented, advanced students to play in our group as an outlet for these superior students. They are treated and paid on the same scale as the adults.  4) YOUTH TICKETS.  We offer a block of free tickets to students in music programs and to organizations with which we collaborate (such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota) for concerts that we sponsor ourselves.
Budget $2,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success By the end of the 2012-13 season, 12% of our performing musicians will be high school students, 25 under-privileged students will attend at least one concert, three finalists for the soloist contest will be identified, and one finalist youth will speak at the Memorial Day Concert.
Long Term Success Music is often the catalyst that provides the key ingredients for youth to fashion meaningful futures.  Those who lack a rich experience in the arts are five times more likely not to graduate from high school. Young people’s participation in music involves structure and discipline that promotes essential work habits as straightforward as showing up on time, being prepared, and listening. It also cultivates more complex development that contributes to their broader success in school and lays a foundation for positive engagement with society that will last a lifetime.
Program Success Monitoring The success of the Youth Soloist will be determined by a panel of three judges in audition. The Youth Soloist and Youth Speaker / Announcer will be rated by the audience in follow surveys.  The success of Youth Performers and Tickets is by actual count.
Program Success Examples We currently have the top in the state high school students playing sax, tuba (also principal in Sarasota Youth Orchestra) and clarinet in our group.

Success is measured by the ...
1.  Number of student performers (>10%)
2.  Number of youth tickets given away (>25)
3.  Recruiting and selecting youth soloist candidates (<3)
4.  Speaker / Announcer at Memorial Day Concert (= 2)
We are the proud sponsor of the areas first Honors Band which includes students from the five counties, Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Hardee and Charlotte. With the generous donation from the Hecht Foundation we have been able to get this project off the ground. We were funded for three years to help establish the band. Over half of the areas schools have enthusiastically participated. Over 240 students auditioned  from grades 7 thru 12. There will be two bands formed with the selected students and they will perform for the second year at the Sarasota Opera House on May7th,2017. The Sarasota concert Band will open up the performance then bring on the student bands. There has been such excitement and interest in this project that we expect that we will have three bands performing next year with the added student participation. The Sarasota Opera house expressed interest in continuing having the Honors Band back annually. We hope to create an annual tradition for our areas music students. 
Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Extracurricular Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success
The students self esteem will increase. They will benefit from the education as well as the opportunity to play alongside seasoned and professional musicians. The areas music directors will be working together offering suggestions and learning from each other as they get the project off the ground.  
Long Term Success
Long term this project will establish something that has been needed in the area for a long time. This project brings together Music directors that normally would not be working together. The strength of all of them together will contribute to the endurance of the project. The students will become more motivated to pursue their musical interests and compete with some of their most talented peers. Ultimately playing together in front of their family and friends alongside seasoned musicians while being conducted by professional conductors. The memories and tradition this creates will last with them throughout their lives.  
Program Success Monitoring
The program directors report to the two supervisors of the program who in turn report to the board of directors of the Sarasota Concert Band. The Sarasota concert Band is the sponsor for the project. Reporting will be documented in the monthly minutes of the Board of Directors meetings.
Program Success Examples
This project has been a great success for the second year. A strong turn out of students auditioning, some for the second time. It's hard to describe the excitement felt by the students and their proud parents.Some of the areas music directors that were not part of the first year have seen the success and have decided  to participate with us in the second year. We expect the project to gain more momentum as time goes on.
Parents have expressed thanks and told us that this was a great need for the five counties students.
We have added Honor Band tee shirt and program DVD sales to the project and were able to bring in around $7000.00 in the second year.
Program Comments by Organization The challenge facing our organization is developing a strong financial infrastructure through a more connected, innovative, aggressive Board.  This is needed so that we are able to claim a regular downtown venue (to enable developing our own following) and increase the pay for musicians to attract the highest level performers in the area.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Linda Keefe Mar 2010 - Mar
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 4
Volunteers 45
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
We work with the County of Sarasota, Parks and Recreation Division to provide outdoor concerts, specifically Memorial Day.  We work closely with a few high school band programs to identify youth with sufficient talent to participate in our performances. We work with several other tier two organizations, such as the Sarasota Pops, getting more information out to the public to better serve them. We have worked with Jenny Townsend, owner of the Music Compound, here in Sarasota. She and her staff has helped us in the marketing and promotion of our Memorial Day concert.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization We currently have a Master Book that outlines all aspects of running our organization. It is too large to up load to this site. It is updated continuously as needed.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Beth McLeod
Company Affiliation Porter Radiation
Board Term Mar 2013 to June 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Susan Firestone Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Gans Fergeson, Skipper,Shaw, Tirabassi
Mr. Mark Levensen Community Volunteer
Mr. George McLain Metcalfe and McLain, LLC
Ms. Mary Beth McLeod Porter Radiation
Mr. Tom Pellegino Pellegino,Honick,McFarland and Miller PA
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$36,109$38,912$9,066
Administration Expense$9,932$7,948$8,298
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.980.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%83%52%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$25,573$32,306$26,227
Current Assets$8,727$13,700$5,356
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$6,950$0
Total Net Assets$25,573$25,356$26,227
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $35,298Contributions, gifts, grants $38,097Contributions, gifts, grants $8,023
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $10,960Program Service Revenue $7,890Program Service Revenue $5,757
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $0Investment Income $1
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--1.97--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures taken from 990. 
Nonprofit Sarasota Concert Band Inc
Address 5317 Fruitville Road #192
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 650-1177