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Alumni Conductors to Participate in 25th Anniversary Concert

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Mrs. Carol Phillips Marcus (1989 – 1994)

Carol Marcus 

Carol Phillips Marcus was the founding music director of the Downriver Community Band, which is now celebrating twenty-five years of musical success. Carol has taught and performed in the metro-Detroit area for over 30 years in bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and theatres. She studied flute with Ms. Alana Meeker, Dr. Cleon Chapin, and Dr. Rodney Hill, and has served as flute adjudicator for the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs. She is a new member of SEMFA (Southeast Michigan Flute Association), following the recent retirement from her teaching career in Dearborn Public Schools.

She currently plays flute with the Novi Concert Band, Grace Notes Flute Ensemble, and directs the adult choir at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Canton.

Carol holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University and a Master of Arts in music from Eastern Michigan University.

James Skura (1994 – 2010)

 James Skura

Jim Skura entered Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in the fall of 1960 and graduated four years later with a degree in music education. He was hired immediately by the Heintzen School District where he taught instrumental music to beginners through the older players at Schafer High School. In 1970, the Heintzen School District became part of the Southgate Community School District.

When Schafer closed in 1982, Jim moved to Southgate Anderson High School where he would be band director until he retired in 1994. His bands frequently numbered more than 200 players and traveled and performed extensively.

When he left Anderson in 1994, he almost immediately became the director of the Downriver Community Band.

With over 175 concerts behind him and many years of developing a musical seat in the downriver community’s parks and events, we were fortunate to have had Jim lead us along the way.

Mike Begian

Mike Begian

A native of Michigan, Mike Begian has had the privilege of giving concerts in 16 countries, performing at memorable venues such as the Sidney Opera House, Sistine Chapel, Notre Dame, West Minster Abbey, National Cathedral, Kennedy Center, and Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.  He has performed for five presidents, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, many celebrities, and foreign dignitaries.

Begian has performed and directed a varied repertoire, which includes opera, operetta, oratorio, musical theater, jazz, contemporary, and concert music, appearing with the San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Baltimore, and National Symphonies.

Begian has taught music at the college, secondary, or elementary level for 17 years and has given private lessons in voice, piano, and percussion for 25 years.   He has conducted instrumental and vocal for 28 years, and has performed as a soloist for 34 years.   For 9-1/2 years he was a featured soloist and announcer for the United States Army Band and Chorus, often performing at the White House.  During his years in Washington, he also assisted in conducting and instructing and was the Founder/Director of the U.S. Army Barbershop Quartet.  Begian has music degrees from the University of Michigan, Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins, and Wayne State University.

For the last 11 years, Begian has been the Director of Music at Creative Montessori Academy in Southgate where he conducts the ‘Honors’ and junior high bands, the ‘Honors’ and junior high choruses, drumline and bell choir.  Begian enjoys instructing at music workshops, being a guest clinician or judge at conferences and festivals, as well as guest conducting vocal groups and instrumental ensembles.

For three years, Begian directed the Seaway Chorale and Orchestra.  For several years, he has been honored to perform with the Downriver Community Band.    He has been a member of DCB’s percussion section, a guest announcer, and vocal soloist. In past years, Mike has been Downriver Community Band’s assistant conductor and the conductor for their trip to the National Sousa Festival in Washington D.C. Begian will soon be performing again in D.C. During the week of Memorial Day, he will be announcer and soloist on tour with a Wayne State Alumni group: The Langsford Men’s Chorus.  They will appear at the National Cathedral, WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and other Washington-area venues.   Mike is especially looking forward to performing in a joint concert with The United States Army Chorus.

Jim Blough

 James Blough

Conductor James Blough brings the experience of a lifetime of music to the Downriver Community Band.  Jim has played trumpet for over 40 years, playing in his first professional big band at the age of 13 and ultimately playing professionally as lead trumpet in an 18-piece big band for over 20 years. He has played and sung in big bands and small jazz groups from Hollywood to Chicago, Lake Geneva and San Diego. His musical activities, beyond performing, have included conducting 2 Detroit-area concert bands, running his own small music promotions and booking business, acting as musical director/conductor for promotional CDs, and organizing/conducting theater orchestras at the Village Theater in Canton, MI.

For Blough, the purpose of any band should be to explore music that is eclectic, but doesn't ignore the traditional.  "The music should be enjoyable, exciting, and draw the audience into the moment," he says. "But most of all, it should be fun... not only for the audience, but for the musicians as well."

Currently Jim and his wife Jen live in northern California where he is working on proposing and developing a civic orchestra for the area. His vision is to not only encourage the creation of a large civic orchestra, but also add many smaller performing groups to the culture and creative environment of northern California. With future performances mainly in the local community, his vision includes extending the performance experience for the members nationally, and even internationally, as much as possible. "Excellence, energy, and enjoyment all add to the color of our lives... which is music."

  Six Community Leaders to Be Honored by DCB

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The Downriver Community Band (DCB), founded in 1989, is an all volunteer wind and percussion ensemble for adult musicians.

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.

Check out some of our upcoming events here: Concert Schedule

The DCB is a 501(c)3 non-profit.  Please consider making a donation to support music in the community! Donate Here

Upcoming Concerts:




December 8, 2017 - Southgate, MI - 7pm

ARC Concert

(Full Band)



December 15, 2017 - Romulus, MI

The Silverliners Flight to the North Pole Concert for Ill Children

 (Small Group - Private Event) 



 December 17, 2017 - Southgate, MI - 3pm

CTK Church - Trenton Rd Location

DCB Christmas Concert

 (Full Band)



 December 19, 2017 - Sophia's Banquet Center, Wyandotte, MI - 6:30pm

Veteran's Party

 (Full Band - Private Event)



April 21, 2018 - Trenton Theater, Trenton, MI - 3pm

DCB Spring Concert

(Full Band)



April 22, 2018 - Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, Dearborn, MI - 3pm

Motor City Festival of Bands - 2018

(Full Band)


Halloween Concert 2013

The Downriver Community Band is partnering with the Community Lutheran Church, in Flat Rock,
for one night of FRIGHT!

October 25, 2013

Listen to our "Haunted Melodies" and then Dare to ride through the "Psychopath Haunted Forest" 
Tickets are $5 for just the concert, or $10 for both the concert and the Haunted Forest attraction.
Tickets are sold at the door!





2014 Will Mark 25 Years for DCB

 Save the Date 25 years Concert

2013 Spring Concert

Around the World in 80 Mins


DCB performs at 2013 Red Cedar Festival

The Downriver Community Band participated in this festival.redcedarlogo

Saturday, February 23, 2013 ~ 9:00am - 6:00pm

The Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands is a one day event that brings together adult community bands from across the state of Michigan and Ontario. The event is hosted by the Meridian Community Band at Okemos High School, Okemos, Michigan.

Click here to visit the Red Cedar Festival Website!

 DCB performing

DCB Performance at Flat Rock Riverfest with guest Alexander Zonjic

Alexander Zonjic

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at Noon

Huroc Park, Flat Rock, MI

The Riverfest committee is working with professional flutist Alexander Zonjic who, in addition to headlining the festival, will be performing as a special guest with the Downriver Community Band.

Mr. Zonjic plans to perform two pieces with the band. "Doin' the D" and "Bellavia"

DCB Members travel to Hawaii

ALTOn December 7th, 2011 our nation will marked the 70th  
anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An event has 
been scheduled at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Hawaii to commemorate this tragedy.

The Downriver Community Band was invited to participate in a “Mass Band Performance” at this event along with other community bands from across the country. A delegation of our musicians will be participating. Click the patch below for more details. 

Music Celebrations International  the tour host, has created an unforgettable tour that will introduce the travelers to the music and culture of Hawai'i and its Polynesian roots. Amid the beauty of the Islands is incredible history, from King Kamehameha to the memorials of Pearl Harbor.

70th Anniversary Patch
70th Anniversary Mass Band Performance.


Noel Jackson, DDS Chooses DCB for Desirable Dozen

Jackson DDSAt the Downriver Community Band’s Spring Concert “The Musical World of Disney”Noel Jackson presents DCB President Denise Doede with a check for $1000 dollars. 
From the News- Herald ~
A dentist is trying to get the word out about his practice and also give back to the community.

Dr. Noel Jackson, who has taken care of teeth in the city for more than 30 years, has created Downriver Desirable Dozen.

He is donating $1,000 to a charitable organization each month for a year.

Jackson said he was working with a marketing company to promote his business, and the idea came to him to do something different.

“The marketing people wanted me to do radio and TV,” Jackson said. “I looked at the budget and said I’d rather put the money to use back in the community where it would do more direct good rather than throwing money in the airwaves.”
Thanks Dr. Jackson!

The Association of Concert Bands

ACBandsThe Association of Concert Bands held its annual convention in Muskegon, Michigan, May 11-15, 2011. Two representatives of the Downriver Community Band were in attendance. During the convention, different community bands were invited to perform. 
One special feature of the convention were clinics focused on sharing expertise about the administrative requirements of managing a community band. Two bands were created from attendees during the convention and their performances brought the convention to a successful, rousing conclusion. Both the rehearsals and concerts were conducted by composer James Curnow. 
Photo: Denise Doede and Mary Simmons stand and pose with Mr. Curnow after the concert.