The Lowcountry Community Concert Band (LCCB) is sponsored by University of South Carolina Beaufort's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The mission of OLLI is to provide quality, intellectually stimulating not-for-credit educational opportunities and experiences specifically developed for adults of the lowcountry. Any adult who is interested in lifelong learning is welcome to join. There are no educational requirements. Backgrounds may differ, but all participants share a desire to keep intellectually active. Note: Band members may be any age to participate.
The purpose of the LCCB is to contribute positively to the musical environment of the Lowcountry while providing an opportunity for education, growth and individual musical expression among its membership. It is the intent of the LCCB to provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages to play together for enjoyment as well as to perform for the community. The LCCB is a place where musicians of all abilities, can come together because of a common interest—instrumental music.
The LCCB was a simple idea to bring free music to the Lowcountry community. Community bands are quite common throughout the United States. Why can’t we have one in the Bluffton area to perform music for the community? This was the question asked by three individuals, Sherry Biederman, Guy Bettarelli and Jack Toritto to USCB OLLI Director, Andrea Sisino. An informal meeting was held at a local Wendy’s on October, 2011 to discuss the possibilities of forming a concert band as part of the OLLI commitment to provide lifelong learning opportunities to the lowcountry community. Once all aspects of program mission and implementation were discussed, OLLI started the program officially in 2012.
Now the hard part of actually forming the band and getting a qualitied music director and musicians. Donald Jemella, a Boston Conservatory graduate, who recently moved into the area was contacted by Guy Bettarelli to see if he was interested in directing the first concert band of USCB OLLI. Donald Jemella accepted and as the word spread, there was a new concert band being formed, musicians started to join the group. The LCCB grew in the first two years to about fifty members and numerous concerts were held throughout the Bluffton, Beaufort area with great success. Then in 2014 Donald Jemella retired as director and the following year Larry Katz and DK Bennett directed the LCCB. For the 2015-2016 season, the band continued to move to higher ground under the baton of Dr. Benny Ferguson, who resigned to accept a position as interim Academic Vice President for Young Harris College. As luck would have it, David Carbone, with over 30 years of experience in music education and the marching arts as a performer, conductor, educator, arranger, and adjudicator, has moved into the Lowcountry and has accepted the position as Director/Conductor. His bio can be found on the "Our Conductors" tab of our website.
The band plays classical concert band music, patriotic music, movie scores and Broadway tunes. They have performed at Magnolia Hall in Sun City, The First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head, the Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head, the Bluffton United Methodist Church, St. John's Lutheran Church on Lady's Island, at TidePointe, and at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Hilton Head.