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 Dr. Erin Cooper, the Assistant Director of University Bands at UNC-Chapel Hill.
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. Click the Gallery tab above to listen to us.
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 they 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) organization. Your tax-deductible donation is appreciated! To contribute, please contact our Treasurer.
The conductor of the Village Band is Erin Colleen Cooper.
Dr. Cooper’s principal role is Assistant Director of University Bands at
the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Prior to arriving in
Chapel Hill, she was the Director of Bands at Central Connecticut State
University, Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Missouri, and
the Director of Bands and Applied Flute Instructor at Southeastern
Oklahoma State University. She also enjoyed a career as a public high
school teacher for five years in both Florida and Maryland.
Cooper earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting with a secondary concentration in Flute Performance from the University of Alabama. She received her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting Performance degree from the University of Delaware and her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree (Magna Cum Laude) from James Madison University.
Dr. Cooper has professional affiliations with the College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Pi Kappa Lambda (National Honor Society for Musicians), honorary membership in Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Service Sorority), and is a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Service Fraternity) for which she serves as the Musicianship Director on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors.