Music lovers can look forward to a real treat during February 21 and 23.  On those dates, the Lowcountry Community Concert Band will share concert stages with several local high school bands who are preparing for their upcoming Concert Performance Assessments (CPAs).  

On Tuesday, February 21, at May River High School, the music starts at 6:30 pm, featuring the May River HS Band, directed by Deborah Hamner, and the H.E. McCracken Middle School Band, directed by Matthew Dickler. 

At 7:00 pm, the LCCB presents its Valentine-themed program, With Love, featuring A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch medley, arranged by Micheal Brown; The Beatles: Love,medley, arranged by Jay Bocock; Highlights from Porgy and Bess, arranged by Douglas Wagner; Nessun Dormafrom Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, arranged by Merlin Patterson; And May We Always Cherish, by Benjamin Dean Taylor; and The Bride Elect, march by John Philip Sousa.  The LCCB is led by Conductor/Artistic Director David Carbone and Associate Conductor Debra Hamner.

On Thursday, February 24, at Bluffton High School, the music starts at 6:30 pm, featuring the Bluffton HS Jazz Band and Symphonic Band, directed by Anthony Grandquist.  At 7:00 pm, the LCCB will repeat its Valentine-themed program as above.

LCCB Artistic Director Dave Carbone

LCCB Conductor David Carbone explains: Our concert is entitled With Love, as a complimentary closing of a love letter from the band to the membersfamilies, loved ones, and our LCCB supporters. The musical selections are in the spirit of the month of the Valentine, featuring themes associated with Love from past Broadway hits and major revues.  We are honored to share concert stages with the town of Blufftons high school and middle school band programs as they prepare for their upcoming Concert Performance Assessments.  We welcome this opportunity as a community band that has ties to the University of South Carolina – Beaufort, and to our sponsors, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Its a great way to perform our music for one another and our shared community, while celebrating the student bands and encouraging a life-long participation in, and Love of, music.

The LCCB is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort. The LCCB provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages and abilities to play instrumental music together for enjoyment as well as to perform for the community.  Students and adults of any age, as well as OLLI members, can join the band.  The LCCB is 100% self-sustaining, and receives no state or local funding.  Donations are welcome, and are used for buying new music and equipment, repairing instruments, and rental of venue space for performances where required.  For further information, visit our LCCB website, at, and click on the Donatetab.  PLEASE NOTE: Donations will not be solicited at the above high school concerts.