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About Us

The Brookline Community Band is a dynamic concert band that performs throughout the Greater Boston Area. We gather weekly to rehearse and delight audiences with a diverse repertoire, including classical pieces, show tunes, and crowd-pleasing favorites.

Our band's legacy dates back to the Independent Cadets, a volunteer militia company chartered in 1741 by Massachusetts Governor William Shirley to serve as a ceremonial bodyguard for the royal governors of Massachusetts. Today, we proudly carry on this tradition of community service by sharing our passion for music with audiences throughout the region. 

Our performances have taken us to a wide variety of venues, including nursing homes, retirement communities, the Brookline Rotary Club's Annual Pancake Breakfast, and even the Boston Marathon! We welcome musicians of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Whether you're a recent graduate or retired, we have a place for you in the Brookline Community Band.


Join us as we come together to create beautiful music and bring joy to our community. We look forward to sharing our love of music with you!


Our Music Director: Chi-Sun Chan

Dr. Chi-Sun Chan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Brass Performance from Boston University and became the Music Director of the Brookline Community Band in September 2017.

He has been the Music Director of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Chinese Music Ensemble since 2002. During his tenure, he has led the ensemble to release its first CD album, "Gathering of the Heroes," and perform the U.S. National Anthem at T.D. Garden for Boston Celtics, and in performances at Carnegie Hall, TedXBoston, and First Night Boston.

His music director experience has also included Taipei Kiwanis Band. Besides conducting, Dr. Chan founded the Boston Synchrony Chinese Percussion Ensemble, which promotes Chinese percussion music, and is a guest lecturer on Western and Chinese classical music at Harvard University, Boston University, Berklee College of Music, University of Kentucky, Northeastern University, Indian Hill Music School, Wellesley High School, and Malden Public Library.

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