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About Us

The Band

The Village Band of Chapel Hill / Carrboro, North Carolina is a non-profit community concert band committed to providing our members an opportunity for life-long musical expression, promoting music in the lives of all we meet, and providing cultural enrichment in our community. The Village Band was organized in 1974 by Dan Margoni, a music instructor in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. We are currently comprised of about 60 members from their teens to their 90s, including high school and university students, professionals, and retirees. Our Director is Mark A. Doerffel.

The band has a long history of providing musical entertainment at such venues as the Carrboro Town Center, University Mall, Southern Village, and retirement communities such as Carolina Meadows and Carol Woods. Its repertoire ranges from classic community band music (marches and military/patriotic music, classic and contemporary pieces), reductions of orchestral and opera pieces, and show tunes and holiday music.

The members of the Village Band are dedicated to bringing quality performances of a broad range of music to diverse venues in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and nearby communities; and we simply love playing for audiences of all types and all ages. If you are organizing an event and would like The Village Band to perform for your audience,  contact our band President.

The Village Band is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your tax-deductible donation is appreciated! To contribute, please contact our Treasurer.

Our Director 


The Musical Director and Conductor of the Village Band is Mark A. Doerffel. He is an educator, conductor, and trombonist based in North Carolina.


Previously, Doerffel served as a co-conductor for the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble and the Ankeny Community Band. He served as Director of Instrumental Activities at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa for seven years, teaching Applied Brass, Music Theory, Instrumental Methods, Conducting, Music Appreciation, and directed the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble. Previously, he taught in the secondary schools of Florida and North Carolina for 14 years. He serves as the Project Manager and Publications Editor for Claude T. Smith Publications, Inc.

He has completed coursework (ABD) for his Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida, and earned the Master of Music Education from Appalachian State University and Bachelor of Music Education from Louisiana State University.


He has served the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) as Past President and College Affairs representative for the South Central district and was the State Chair for the College Affairs Committee. His professional affiliations include NAfME, National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Iowa Bandmasters Association, and the International Trombone Association.



He lives in Lillington with his wife Amanda, and their two sons Charles and Brooks.

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