CFConcertBand consists of dedicated Christian musicians,
performs at community events, churches, and retirement centers,
and is noted for its rousing marches and inspirational music;
music appropriate for the occasion and season.
The band rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7 - 9 PM
First Covenant Church, 316 Wood Road, Rockford, IL.
The band welcomes additional participants
and concert opportunities.
There is no charge for membership or for the concerts
CFConcertBand, located in Rockford, Illinois, was organized in 1985
by Fred M. Hubbell as part of an effort to encourage the performance
of concert music within the church and community .
The band is independent of any religious affiliation
and has grown to include musicians representing many churches.
Over 250 musicians have played with the concert band
in the 31 years of its ministry.
CFConcertBand is a result
of the Chicago ChristianFellowship Band
which was founded in 1964 as a program for a series
of evangelical meetings in the old tablernacle of the Methodist campgrounds in Des Plaines, IL. The group of musicians who came together from the Elmwood Park Bible Church, Bethel Community Church and the North Side Gospel Center enjoyed the combined experience so much that they continued to practice together and began accepting concert dates. The CCFBand director for over 25 years was Mr. LeRoy Frizane, who has been followed by several other directors including his son Ken Frizane.
Fred Hubbell (founder of CFConcertBand), Steve Lilja, and George Strombeck have directed both bands which have combined
on several occasions to perform 'encore concerts'.
Fred Manning Hubbell (1924-2007) was the principal conductor for CFConcertBand until an accident forced his retirement in 2001.
The band is now conducted by George E. Strombeck, noted composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and director.
Brian Waterson is second conductor.