The Mission of the Senior Center Band is to provide senior instrumental musicians a performing experience within the greater Portage/Kalamazoo area, promote fellowship among the members, as well as respect for each other and for the various audiences for which the band performs.
The Senior Center Band was formed in 1992 and is often referred to as a “dance band” or a “big band" such as the common club-style bands from the 1940s. The band plays music from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and later, and in addition some polkas, marches and holiday music.
The band normally rehearses on the first Tuesday of the month from 3 - 4:30 PM at the Portage Community Senior Center. On every other Tuesday of the month, the Senior Center Band presents hour-long performances at area nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement centers and adult day care centers. Performances normally begin at 2:30 or 3 PM If your organization is interested in scheduling a performance, please contact the band director, David Smith, at (269) 491-3776.
Becoming A Member
Because the band plays at facilities that may have limited spaces, the size and instrumentation of the band is set by the director. To ask about becoming a band member or a substitute band member, please contact the David Smith at (269) 491-3776. Prospective members may be asked to audition and Senior Center membership is also required.