The Grand Junction Centennial Band is a non-profit organization that relies on contributions from members, arts organizations, area businesses, and the general public. Contributions from these people and organizations enable the band to purchase music and equipment (for example, music stands and special percussion equipment), and pay storage and transportation fees.
We have provided concert band music to the citizens of Western Colorado since our organization was founded in 1976. The band is composed of approximately 60 volunteer musicians of all ages.
Our Fall, Winter & Summer Concert series has won support from the Grand Junction Commission on Arts & Culture in recent years, allowing us to provide music to the Grand Valley and surrounding communities.
Most of our concerts are presented at no charge; some have a small admission fee. We are a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Donations of all sizes are appreciated!
If you would like to help support the Grand Junction Centennial Band, please send your tax-deductible contribution to:
Grand Junction Centennial Band
P.O. Box 687
Grand Junction, CO 81502
Reasons for Supporting the Grand Junction Centennial Band
- Funding small groups may well serve many more people in the aggregate than would occur per dollar spent supporting the large and otherwise well-funded organizations. To “serve” means supporting the local producers of art and the patrons they attract. There is a multiplier effect here: the members of many small groups work for themselves and for their sponsors to attract new members and audiences (or other patrons).
- The sponsor can claim “ownership” for the many and varied products of the small groups, thus achieving a wider presence on the Western Slope.
- In the aggregate, many small groups involve more participants than large groups, so in this sense sponsor dollars invested in many small groups touch many lives in a personal way. Large groups deliver entertainment to large crowds, but that is not the same kind of personal touch that comes from individual participation.
- Supporting many small groups yields a more widespread creative effort. The many small group participants become creators and producers of art, rather than consumers. Recall the despair often voiced about our consumer-oriented society; those who produce a product or deliver a service bring essentials to society and the economy. Consumers are certainly necessary; producers are in shorter supply. Furthermore, active producers inject more life into the community than passive consumers.
- Dollars invested in small groups also stimulate ownership in the community. Participation always motivates the actor to buy into the message and the activity. That sense of ownership also extends to the community, and ownership in a community is basic for its growth and vitality.
- Small groups are best positioned to meet the specific needs of special groups, such as youth, ethnic, racial, and handicapped. Large organizations offer just one thing that is, necessarily, a “one size fits all” approach. They can advertise to everyone, but that doesn’t mean their product appeals equally to all people. A wide variety of small groups means a wide variety of offerings and thus an increased likelihood that persons with special needs or interests will find in the variety something of interest.