Sarasota Concert Band Inc
2936 Webber Place
Sarasota FL 34232

A professional wind ensemble with over 60 years experience, dedicated to performing traditional concert band music with the intent to delight audiences and benefit the community and area's businesses as well as giving young musician's a chance to perform with us.   

CEO/Executive Director (Acting) MaryBeth McLeod
Board Chair Ms. Mary Beth McLeod
Board Chair Company Affiliation Porter Radiation
History and Background
Former Names
Florida Symphonic Band
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Supported Organization Sarasota Concert Band
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1959
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2015
State Registration No 0
Impact This last year was the beginning for a new and enthusiastic board, eight members, to carry on the success of past years. Previous directors established the ability to receive grants by having audits in place. Three grants were given; percussion purchase, playbill and brochure printing and new music arrangement purchase and advertising cost coverage. Our face-book presence has increased tremendously due to one of the new board members expertise. A mutual partnership with the Sarasota Pops organization in advertising exchange is exciting for the future. Our goal is to work together to promote each other at our events as well as including 20 other similar organizations. Offering the public a better way to experience all of our organizations. A more economical way to advertise and a bigger presence is created for all of us. (Great friendships are created, new ideas exchanged) We will continue to encourage the area youth to join us in our performances and plan to set up an annual event to include students from several of the area schools.Our primary goal is to continue exciting our audiences with our performances in the American tradition of concert band style music.       
Background 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 Pryun, 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.
The Sarasota Concert Band has a multitude of strategic and financial needs:
  • 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. ($8700 - 10 hrs / wk @ $725 / month)
  • Season Marketing Materials Upgrade  - professional promotional materials (including season brochure, annual "playbill" program and event posters / flyers) to attract new subscribers, donors and sponsors. $5,000.
  • 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) - $1700/chair.
  • 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. Six engagements @ $200 = $1200/year.
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 venues to play at that are paid for or sponsored. We have not had trouble in finding volunteers for our board throughout the years. There is a great interest in keeping the band alive and playing. Our board members are always enthusiastic and eager to work hard to better our situation.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
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.
How Program is Monitored 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.
Examples of Program Success
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 twelve performances a year, with most events being at the request and sponsorship of a performing arts center, reaching a total audience of approximately 3500.  This season we began the season with concert themes of "Harmony".  We have a four concert season (Jan. through May),  Our venue debut at First Methodist on Pineapple is in January. With a 40 – 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. "Harmony of Sand and Surf" concert, featured local pieces, "Sunshine Skyway March and the 'Sarasota March". "Harmony of the Spheres" concert, featured "Spirals of Light" by O'Loughlin and "Jupiter" from the planets, by Holst. 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 paid 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 $25,000
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.
How Program is Monitored 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.
Examples of Program Success 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.
How Program is Monitored 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.
Examples of Program Success 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)
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
Executive Director (Acting) MaryBeth McLeod
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
Experience Mary Beth McLeod is employed by Porter Radiation as a Certified Medical Dosimetrist for twenty years. Working in Medical Physics, her job includes computer treatment planning for patients undergoing radiation treatments, dose calculation, and all duties necessary,working with the Physicists and Doctors, to run the physics department. Her background in music includes vocalist for two large jazz bands locally for several years, Sarasota Jazz Ensemble, Jerry White Big Band and she plays the saxaphone. She and her husband also own and direct a 20 piece contemporary band called Sarasota Gold. Jazz, Funk, Rock,Blues and Latin are the styles the band plays. Her husband Don Stiber also plays in the Sarasota Concert Band.Mary Beth has extensive background experience previously in property management in the North and Southwestern United States.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 45
Contractors 4
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development No
Management Reports to Board N/A
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2012
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Ms. Linda Keefe Mar 2010 - Mar
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
NonManagement 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.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Mary Beth McLeod
Company Affiliation Porter Radiation
Board Term Mar 2011 to June 2013
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Preston Boyd Theater Odessey
Mr. Mark Levensen Community Volunteer
Ms. Amanda Lyon Music Instructor
Mr. George McLain Metcalfe and McLain, LLC
Ms. Mary Beth McLeod Porter Radiation
Ms. Sharon Ohrenstein Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Pelligino Pellegino,Honick,McFarland and Miller PA
Ms. Sandy Petersen Tervis
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2013
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$22,285$29,525$6,656
Administration Expense$7,645$5,617$14,869
Fundraising Expense$111$129$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.231.140.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%84%31%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$22,462$22,261$16,967
Current Assets$2,196$1,075$874
Long-Term Liabilities$0$6,000$0
Current Liabilities$430$1,010$6,663
Total Net Assets$22,032$15,251$10,304
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $20,263Program service revenue $22,369Program service revenue $12,487
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $15,483Contributions, gifts, grants $16,655Contributions, gifts, grants $2,253
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $1,076Other $1,194Gain from sale of assets $1,497
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.111.060.13
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%27%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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 2936 Webber Place
Sarasota, FL 34232
Primary Phone 941 650-1177
CEO/Executive Director (Acting) MaryBeth McLeod
Board Chair Ms. Mary Beth McLeod
Board Chair Company Affiliation Porter Radiation
Year of Incorporation 1959
Former Names
Florida Symphonic Band