A Little About Us
The Downriver Community Band (DCB), founded in 1989, is a volunteer group of adult musicians who play wind and percussion instruments.
The DCB's mission is to give non-professional adult musicians a dynamic and enriching opportunity to perform, positively contribute to the cultural environment of the Downriver area, and perform in a venue that allows and encourages personal musical expression and growth. Our group is comprised of players with various musicianship levels. Members come from all walks of life.
Although our focus is on local venues and rehearsal spaces to support our musical palette, the group has participated in several road trips. We have been invited to partake in state festivals like The Motor City Festival of Bands. Many of our members have represented the band in New York City in 2019 for the Association of Concert Bands (ACB) Annual National Convention, as well as Hawaii for both the 70th & 75th anniversaries commemorating of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
As a concert band, we enjoy performing a wide variety of light and popular tunes transcribed or arranged for wind ensembles. Our programs consist of marches, big band, classical, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and original musical compositions.
Throughout the year, the DCB performs many free concerts at various indoor and ‘Concert in the Park” venues. We have had opportunities to perform at charity benefits, fundraisers, festivals, and other celebrity concerts, including a concert with flute virtuoso Alexandar Zonjic. Sponsorship for the group comes solely from individual community supporters.
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Meet the Conductor
Patrick Jensen has been an active musician in the Detroit area for most of his life. He attended Wayne State University for both his Undergraduate Degree (Music Education) and Master’s Degree (Conducting). While at Wayne State, Patrick played Trumpet in several ensembles and even was the musical director of the school’s Pep Band for a short time.
Outside of Wayne State, Patrick has performed and worked with many musical organizations in the area. These ensembles include the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, The Dearborn Symphony, and the Henry Ford College Big Band among others. Patrick also enjoys composing music for a variety of ensembles including Marching Bands, Concert Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Ensembles, and Rock Bands.
Currently, Patrick is teaching music classes at Henry Ford College. He plays trumpet and keyboards in several R&B/Funk dance bands as well as a few groups performing original music.