name of the band, Burbank Community Band, was adopted on November 14,
1997. Originally, the name was Lockheed Concert Band.
According to the Lockheed Chronicles and The Lockheed Star
dated April 19, 1940, the first mention of the Lockheed Concert Band
was listed under the LERC Calendar for Monday, April 22. It mentioned
Band practice at John Muir Junior High School cafeteria at 7:30 PM.
Following that date, the band was listed regularly as having practice
and/or entertaining the employees at various locations at noon breaks.
By the early 1980s, the band was rehearsing at its present location,
Robert E. Gross Park, on Friday mornings. The band was under the direction
of Domenic Schieffo and was managed by Anne Boscke. Ms. Boscke worked
in the Lockheed Planning Department and was a very active manager as
well an the band vocalist.
pictures were taken at a concert in 1985.
moved from the Burbank facility to Palmdale, CA, in February, 1993.
The band decided to remain in Burbank. For a few years, it was known
as the DOMAR Band for Don and Mary Holcomb, who directed
and managed the band respectively. Rehearsals were held wherever space
was found. Ultimately, Lockheed donated Gross Park to the City of Burbank
with the stipulation that the city would continue to support the band
by providing rehearsal space free of charge. The band continues to rehearse
at its traditional time at Gross Park.
In December of 2011, Dr. Holcomb retired as the director and Paulette Westphal became the conductor. In 2012, a Board of Directors was formed, and the band incorporated as a 501(c)3 charitable organization.