About San Jose Metropolitan Band

Welcome to the San Jose Metropolitan Band.  We are a contemporary concert band, playing in the tradition of a community band serenading an afternoon picnic.  We give performances throughout the Santa Clara Valley of California, playing a mix of symphonic classics, showtunes, big band, contemporary works, marches, seasonal music, and more.

Our Background

SAN JOSE, CA:  Founded in 1967, the San Jose Metropolitan Band (SJMB) has provided 50 years of community service to the Santa Clara Valley. Originally under the auspices of the San Jose Metropolitan Adult Education Program (MAEP), the Band now operates independently as a non-profit public benefit corporation.

The band in 1968.  Click here for a larger version of this photo.

The band is made up of more than 50 members, ranging in age from 16 thru 80's, including musicians whose experience spans over half a century. Based in San Jose, the band provides an opportunity for Bay Area residents to participate in large ensemble playing. Through its self-administered program, the SJMB offers local musicians the opportunity to sharpen their musical skills in a sociable, relaxed atmosphere while providing wholesome entertainment to the community.

The SJMB plays symphonic concert band music in a sit-down format, with a complement of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. From Mozart to marches, ballads to big band, show tunes to specialty numbers, the band encourages interest in and appreciation for all types of music.

The Band has performed for social and civic organizations, community activities, conventions, and charitable causes in the Bay Area. Especially popular with audiences are the patriotic concerts for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July parade, and our Christmas performances. Some of the Band's regular clients include Los Gatos Memorial Park, San Jose's Metropolitan Adult Education Program (MAEP), and Help One Child.

The band performing at the Pruneyard in the 1970's.  Click here for a larger version of this photo.

The SJMB is a California non-profit public benefit corporation with both Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board exemption rulings. The corporation's fiscal year is September 1 through August 31. Operating expenses include music purchases, concert hall rental, insurance, conductor fees, marketing, etc. These expenses are offset by concert fees, grants, member dues and fund raisers. The conductor and concert master serve as independent contractors to the corporation and as advisors to the the Board of Directors. Copies of SJMB exemption letters are available from the band's Treasurer upon request.

The San Jose Metropolitan Band is proud to be of service to the communities of the Silicon Valley and surrounding areas. Contact information can be found on our Contact page.

Our Director - Gregory Bergantz

Mr. Bergantz was appointed music director of the San Jose Metropolitan Band in 1991. Prior to that, Mr. Bergantz guest conducted the South Valley Symphony, the San Jose Symphony Youth Orchestras, the Glendale Symphony Youth Orchestra, and over sixty chamber orchestra performances in Los Angeles. As a graduate student, Mr. Bergantz studied conducting at the University of Southern California with Maestro Daniel Lewis, the Institute of Orchestral Conducting with Maestro Herbert Blomstedt, and the Chigiana Music Festival in Siena, Italy, with Maestro Franco Ferrara. 

As a free-lance trombonist in the Bay Area, Mr. Bergantz performs regularly with the Oxford Brass, several local symphonies and bands, and occasionally, as a featured soloist with the SJMB.

As the music director of the San Jose Metropolitan Band, Mr. Bergantz is known for programming concerts that provide a little something for everyone: Marches, Waltzes, Patriotic favorites, Big Band medleys, show tunes, film scores, as well as standard Military and Concert Band repertoire. The band's musical versatility makes each performance a memorable experience.

Our Purpose

The following is from the "Bylaws of San Jose Metropolitan Band, A California Public Benefit Corporation, Article 2, Purposes."


    The primary objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be:

      (a) to promote and develop an instrumental concert band;

      (b) to provide musical instruction for members and the public;

      (c) to present concerts before the public.

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