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The Abilene Community Band was founded on July 4th, 1976, and has been performing ever since. The director of the band is Joe Stevens retired Abilene Independent School District (AISD) Band Director. Mr. Stephens was my 9th-grade band director at what used to be called Mann Junior High School.

Joe, throughout the years, also directed at what was called Lee Elementary School, Mann Junior High, Abilene High, Cooper High, and several other schools throughout the AISD. I recall my first marching band parade in Downtown Abilene for the Fair and Rodeo Parade. Yep, Mr. Joe Stephens walked the entire parade looking, listening, and taking pictures.

Nowadays when I get the chance, I love listening to the Abilene Community Band perform. While I still don't know where Joe Stephens comes up with his varied playlist he seems to cover all the genres of music. From Jazz, blues, swing, big band, Christian, Latin, Rock-N-Roll, and country, the Abilene Community Band will keep you entertained and tapping your toes.

The Abilene Community Band's annual Fall Concert on Tuesday, October 11th at the Paramount Theatre is FREE!

Nonetheless, the Abilene Community Band is back to performing live and they'll be at the historic Paramount Theatre at 352 Cypress Street in downtown Abilene for their Fall Concert on Tuesday, October 11th beginning at 7:30 PM. While this is a free concert donations are accepted so please give generously and get there early to secure your seat.

The Band will showcase music from Broadway to Sousa marches to some Latin tunes
for this year's Fall Concert. Just come and enjoy the music performed by our own Abilene Community Band. The above video is the ACB's 2022 Spring Concert, enjoy!

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