What started as an outlet for parents of band students, now has become a way for local residents to share their love for band music with the community while working together in an enjoyable atmosphere.

“Our goal is to play for our own enjoyment and to bring music to the North County community and support fund raising, musical activities,” said Hope Leitner, a member of the Rancho Bernardo Community Band.

Currently numbering 35 active participants of all ages, the band meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Rancho Bernardo High School Band room. No auditions required to join the group. “Anyone, including students, is welcome to come to the band room and play with us,” Leitner said. “Past middle school, high school or college experience is helpful but not required.”

The band began in 2000 when Black Mountain Middle School’s Jeri Webb developed the idea. Vince Hernandez began directing in 2003.

Not only does the band play for personal enjoyment, they also perform for the public. Among their recent performances: Rancho Bernardo Alive; Southern California Community Band Festival at Old Poway Park; RBHS Music Boosters’ Spring fundraiser Music; and Taste of RB at the Bernardo Winery. The band also plays during the holidays at various locations in the area.

This group is open to anyone in the community, however there is a fee for participants. “We are under the auspices of the Rancho Bernardo High School Band Boosters.” Leitner said. “We charge a fee per 10-week session, with reduced rates for certain categories and no charge for students.”

Leitner said playing music is something that they all enjoy, and they are finding ways to revamp that love and passion that they all carry for their instruments. “Some of our members hadn’t played their instruments since middle school,” she said. “We provide a forum for many to rediscover the joy of making music after 20-40 years.”


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Sessions:  7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays
Location:  RBHS Band room, 13010 Paseo Lucido
Email:  RBCB.Membership@gmail.com
Phone:  RBCB.Membership@gmail.com
Website:  RB High School


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