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CBS was created to provide the opportunity and place for former high school and college band members who enjoyed the experience to continue to play. The Upper St. Clair School District supported the idea and made the high school band room available.
Instrumentalists representing all of the South Hills communities responded to an invitation to find their brass, woodwind and percussion instruments, dust them off, and try them out to see if fingers and lips still work. Some folks had not played for years while others were active amateur musicians. An organization meeting was held October 12, 1987 and rehearsals were scheduled every Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 at Upper St. Clair High School. CBS presented its Premier Concert December 14, 1987 at Upper St. Clair.
Since then CBS has continued in its primary purpose of providing entertainment for the communities from which its membership is drawn. We perform an average of 12 concerts each year. Programs have been presented in Ben Avon, Bethel Park, Bower Hill Apartments, Bridgeville, Carnegie, Crafton, Cranmore, Monongahela, Mt. Lebanon, Pleasant Hills, Upper St. Clair, Venetia, Washington and Whitehall. The band took part in the Rotary International Polio Plus Program, Peters Township Library Benefit Concert, Dormont and Peters Creek Historical Societies, and dedication ceremonies for the Mt. Lebanon Library and the new Bethel Park Community Center. We have done seasonal concerts at the Carnegie Museum In Oakland, for the Ligonier Summer Concert Series, the Mt. Lebanon Galleria and the Parkway Center Mall.
Our aim is also to inform young school musicians that there are opportunities to perform in musical organizations after high school and college in thousands of community bands and orchestras throughout the USA. We have joined in concert with California University of Pennsylvania and school bands from Brentwood High School, Bethel Park High School, Bethel Park Independence Middle School , Carlynton High School, Faith Community School, Finley Middle School, Jay Neff Middle School, South Fayette High School, and Upper St. Clair High School.
CBS has entertained church groups at Bethany Presbyterian, Bethel Presbyterian, Christ Methodist, Hamilton Presbyterian, John McMillan Presbyterian, Mt. Lebanon Methodist, Peters Creek Presbyterian, Resurrection Catholic, South Hills Assembly, St. Anthony Catholic, St. Marks Lutheran, St. Margaret Catholic, St. Thomas Moore Catholic, St. Valentines Catholic and Wallace Presbyterian. Senior citizen centers: Asbury Heights, Friendship Village, Humbert Lane, Vanadium Woods, Washington Senior Care Center.
Players, staff members and directors are all volunteers. James Bennett is the former Director of Bands and Chairman of Fine Arts for the Upper St. Clair School District. He is currently the Director of Activities for the Upper St. Clair Theater. Max Gonano became co-director in 2015. He is the retired head of the music department at California University of Pennsylvania.