The Ahwatukee Foothills Concert Band was founded in 1990 by Ahwatukee resident, Crawford McClue, as a non-profit community organization. Beginning with a few queries in the local newspaper and with area businesses, Crawford soon had the beginnings of a small band that has since grown to its present size of over 70 active members. Our goal is to provide an artistic outlet for local adult musicians while promoting the arts in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. While many of the members reside in the Ahwatukee-Foothills area, we have attracted musicians from the communities of Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and even as far away as Glendale and Apache Junction.
From 1996 until 2005, the band grew under the energetic direction of Daniel Neville who had conducted bands in Ithaca College, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, as well as public schools in New York and Arizona. From 2005-2014, the band grew under the direction of Brendan Anderson who was a band composer, conductor and clinician having studied music at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
The band's current conductor is Dr. Martin Province. For more than thirty years he has conducted a wide range of ensembles including orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs and bands.
Dr. Province received both his Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He began teaching in the public schools of North Carolina. His university career began at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1982 and following a 6-year term at Iowa State University, he retired from Arizona State University in 2007.
The AFCBand performs 10-15 times a year at local venues, special events, and in many concert series throughout the valley. Some of our regular concerts are at Friendship Village Auditorium, Sun City's SunBowl, the City of Gilbert's Memorial Day program, and our home base at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center. We have enjoyed traveling to Poway, CA many times to play in the Southern California Community Band Festival north of San Diego. We are grateful to all our supporters and especially the ARC with two concerts annually. The band contributes in other ways toward improving the quality of life in the community by supporting music programs of our host school, Kyrene Middle, as well as Mountain Pointe High School, and gives annual music scholarships to encourage band students to excel.