Volunteer Spotlight

Project Engineer Dean Head of the Orange facility is an instrumental musician in two separate community bands. As a trombone player for both the Orange Community Band and the Piedmont Community Band, Dean attends weekly two-hour rehearsals for each ensemble.

Each band has between 30-40 musicians, across a wide range of ages (high-school students to retirees) and talents (novices to former professional musicians). The music selection is diverse, covering a range of literature, including classical works, patriotic music, jazz/swing, seasonal music, Broadway/movie/TV themes, original pieces, and much more!

The ensembles serve the community by performing free concerts for the public several times per year. The bands also travel to local retirement homes to provide on-site performances. A particular highlight of the band calendar is participation in Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies in collaboration with the local American Legion (Post 156). The Orange Community Band has also featured at dedication ceremonies for 1st Lt. Andrew Maples (Tuskegee Airman from Orange, Virginia) and Sailor’s Creek Battlefield State Park.

Dean finds that the most rewarding aspects of being in a community band is the camaraderie among his fellow musicians of all ages. If you’re in Culpeper or Orange on their concert dates, Dean invites you to see their upcoming performances:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2 @ 7 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church (Culpeper, VA)
  • Sunday, Dec. 17 @ 7 p.m. at Orange County High School (Orange, VA)

And if you play a percussion or wind instrument, you are invited to join the volunteer bands: