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The Pensacola Civic Band

The Pensacola Civic Band is a full symphonic wind ensemble performing wind literature of the highest caliber. The Pensacola Civic Band is an organization of adult instrumental musicians who want to continue performing in a band after high school and/or college. The band meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sidney G. Kennedy rehearsal hall at Pensacola

The band’s membership runs from 80-100 members each season. PCB is an outlet for adult musicians of many walks of life including music educators, amateur/professional musicians, physicians and medical professionals, accountants, lawyers, and many more professions. 


remember the past

Since 1971

Founded by a small group of directors and musicians, the Pensacola Civic Band began a legacy of music al and education excellence that continues today. In 2002, the band received the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll Award by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation. This award recognizes community bands in North America that consistently perform quality music at a very high level and contribute significantly to the cultural environment of their community. Since the founding of the PCB, we have been supported by Pensacola State College (formerly Pensacola Junior College). Their support throughout the years has helped propel the band to excellence known across the U.S.

A Legacy of


For over 30 years, the band was led by Don Snowden. His leadership and direction built the band and set a solid foundation. In 2020, Mr. Snowden planned his farewell concert and was set to retire. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and forced shutdowns, we were unable to perform the last concert  as scheduled. However, Don Snowden, continued his plans for retirement after a distinguished music education career. 

In the summer of 2021, Douglas Holsworth was hired at Pensacola State College as the band director and director of the Pensacola Civic Band. In the fall of the same year, we were able to properly say thank you to Don Snowden and introduce the new director with a concert entitled “Passing the Baton.”

a season of


The Pensacola Civic Band performs 4 concerts a year along with several educational opportunities. 

The Fall Concert

typically held in November at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

Christmas at the College

Held at the Ashmore Auditorium at Pensacola State College and is a fundraiser event for the Summer Music Camp Scholarship program.

The Spring Concert

Held in April and is at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre

The Memorial Day Concert

Our season ends with the Annual Pensacola Memorial Day Concert held at the Hunter Amphitheater behind the Blue Wahoos Stadium