Here are some frequently-asked
questions for your perusal. Please see our contact
page if you cannot find what you are looking for here.
Do I have
to be a member of the band to play with the band?
You may sit-in with the band for a few rehearsals to check us
out, and if you are interested in continuing with us you should
consider becoming a member of the band. Click here
for more details.
What is the minimum
age for membership?
The band is composed of adults of all ages. Teenage students
may sit-in with the band, pending director approval.
Is there a need
for my specific instrument?
The San Jose Metropolitan Band is always looking for qualified
concert band musicians. Typical concert band instruments include,
but are not necessarily limited to: piccolo, flute, oboe, english
horn, bassoon, clarinet (including alto, bass, and other varieties),
saxophone (including alto, tenor, bari, and other varieties),
french horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, and
various percussion/rhythm instruments.
How good do I have
to be to play in the band?
We encourage newcomers to sit-in with the band for a few rehearsals.
This provides them with an opportunity to get a feel for the
degree of difficulty, and overall band culture, before comitting
to the band.
Where and when
does the band rehearse?
The band rehearses Monday nights at 320 Piercy Road, San
Jose, CA. More information can be found here.
What is the cost
Members are requested to make an annual voluntary monetary
donation. The Board establishes a member donations goal each
September based primarily on the donation total achieved the
previous year. Members may use this goal along with their financial
situation to determine their voluntary donation amount. Since
SJMB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, member donations
are tax deductible and the Treasurer will issue you a receipt
for tax purposes. Our annual donations drive runs from September
to year-end, but donations are accepted at anytime. Many employers
have programs that benefit 501(c)(3)s, and you are encouraged
to take advantage of these, if possible.
How are individuals
placed within their sections?
Seating within each section is typically finalized by the section
leader. Some sections rotate parts, some do not.
Who is the
Gregory Bergantz. More information can be found here.
Where is the band
going to be performing in the near future?
Our performance schedule is found on our website's main
What is the cost
to attend a performance?
Most performances are free and open to the public, but there
may be some that involve admission and/or are not open to the
public. Each performance listing should list any/all attendance
pricing (if any) and/or restrictions (if any).
What type of music
does the band play?
The Band performs music scored for a wind concert band that
includes brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Genres include Big
Band, Disney, Broadway, Hollywood, marches, seasonal music,
and classics. For specifics, see our repertoire.
Is the band
available for hiring/booking?
Yes. Please see this page for all booking
What types of events
is the band available for, and what are the costs?
The band is available for many types of events/venues. Please
see this page for all booking information.
I don't play
an instrument. Are there any volunteer opportunities with the
Yes. We always welcome enthusiastic
people who would like to contribute their talents to our organization.
Some of the areas where you might want to help out include:
grant writing, promotions, graphic arts, media relations, instrument
storage, transportation, setup/takedown, and audio/video. There
may also be another area where you think your talents may be
put to good use.
Yes. Click here for more information.
Does the band accept
Yes. The band welcoms opportunities to be partnered with industry
in promoting the arts. Click here
for more information.