Bloomington Community Band
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. First holder of the Sawyer Brass Chair was Doug Davis. Guy Hardy first held the Lang Woodwinds chair. The largely ceremonial position of concertmaster is always held by the first-chair clarinetist.
|HONOREE||NAMED CHAIR||CURRENT HOLDER||DONOR|
|Paul O. Sawyer||Brass||Richard VanArsdel||Gary Wiggins|
|Robert A. Phillips||Conductor||Dominic Thompson||Charles H. Davis|
|Ralph Leucht||Concertmaster||Megan White||Charles H. Davis|
|RoseMary Lang||Woodwinds||Jenn Strayer||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.