Our Story

The Downriver Community Band (DCB), founded in 1989, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group that is all volunteer wind and percussion ensemble for adult musicians.  We are based in the Downriver area, but have members that are from all over the south-eastern Michigan area.

The DCB's mission is to give non-professional adult musicians a dynamic and enriching opportunity to perform, contribute positively to the cultural environment of the Downriver area and provide an opportunity for personal musical expression and growth. The DCB is made up of players from various levels of musicianship. Members come from all walks of life including teachers, professors, scientists, business professionals, students, physicians, contractors, realtors, housewives, and retirees.

The DCB is a traditional concert band performing works from a wide variety of musical styles and eras. Our music library includes marches, big band, classical, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and original compositions.

Throughout the year, the DCB performs concerts at various indoor and outdoor venues. Many of these concerts are FREE to the public and are performed at charity benefits, festivals and other special events. The DCB also performs in the summertime "Concerts in the Park" program in participating Downriver communities.

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Meet the Conductor

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Patrick Jensen

Conductor from 2014+

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 even Rock Bands.

Currently, Patrick is teaching music classes at Henry Ford College. When he really wants to let his hair down Patrick also performs in a Frank Zappa tribute band that is featured at local music festivals.