Bloomington Community Band

NAMED CHAIRS

Originally established in 2014, the BCB’s named chairs require a minimum donation of $5,000 in order to honor the memory of a person.  BCB members who hold the chairs must have made significant contributions to the BCB through their playing and/or service.  Past holder of the Sawyer Brass Chair was Doug Davis.  Guy Hardy previously held the Lang Woodwinds chair.  The largely ceremonial position of concertmaster is always held by the first-chair clarinetist, currently Charles H. Davis.

HONOREE NAMED CHAIR CURRENT HOLDER DONOR
Paul O. Sawyer Brass Gary Wiggins Gary Wiggins
Robert A. Phillips Conductor Ryan Yahl Charles H. Davis
Ralph Leucht Concertmaster Chuck Davis Charles H. Davis
RoseMary Lang Woodwinds Julie Kraft Charles H. Davis

Paul O. Sawyer was director of bands at several Indiana high schools, including Charlestown, Tipton, Dover, Decatur Central and Greenwood.

Robert A. Phillips was a founder and conductor of the Indianapolis Symphonic Band.

Ralph Leucht was a long-time concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphonic Band and solo clarinetist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra.

RoseMary Lang was professor of clarinet and other woodwinds at Butler’s Jordan Conservatory of Music.

OTHER NAMED FUNDS

In conjunction with the inaugural endowment fund drive in 2012, the band established two named funds, one for its founding director,  Newell Long, and the other for long-time Indiana University music librarian Ralph Papakhian.