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Our Mission

About Us

Founded in 2004, the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band (MCSB) is a well-established, nonprofit organization that has performed family-friendly, free concerts in the Central Mississippi area since 2004.

MCSB is comprised of a cross-section of musicians from area communities; our members range in age from 13-year-old talented youths to members 80+ years of age. Like Pee-Wee league baseball, everybody gets to play in our band, which is
affectionately known as “the place where old band nerds – and new band nerds -- go to play and have fun.”

Past guest conductors of our concert band include Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner-Brown, Judge Bill Waller, well-known television personality Walt Grayson, a four-year-old boy, and a 101-year-old grandmother, to name a few.


We have shared the stage with a mass choir comprised of members of Jackson-area churches for a patriotic concert, The Mississippi Boy Choir, the Jim Hill High School Choir and Ballet Magnificat! Dancers, to name a few.

Audience members travel from throughout the Deep South to hear our more than 60-member all volunteer MCSB, the most popular adult concert band in the Gulf States Region.

By proclamation, former Gov. Phil Bryant named the Mississippi Community Symphonic Band as "Mississippi's official ambassadors of musical entertainment and goodwill".

Our concert repertoire, carefully selected by our Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Paxton Girtmon, is guaranteed to evoke memories and joy, as music has the power to do, striking a chord in listeners’ hearts. The atmosphere is relaxed at our concerts, with our musicians exuding joy and
great fun while bringing music to our audiences, which often prompts toe-tapping, clapping, laughter and sometimes dancing in the audience.

Our concerts are fun, free, family-friendly, and bring free live music from two great bands, MCSB and Mississippi Swing to the stage.

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