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In the spring of 1990, the Cottonwood Civic Club placed an announcement in the newspaper that they were interested in assisting in a project that would benefit the Cottonwood Community. Madison Myers responded to the announcement with the idea of forming a community band. The Cottonwood Civic Club was enthusiastic, but was not able to financially support the endeavor. However, this was the impetus needed for Madison to gather a group of musicians to form a band.


The original band consisted of eight members. Through the years, the band grew to its current size of almost 50 members. The members range in age from high school students to retirees in the community. They hail from Sedona, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and throughout the Verde Valley. The band was incorporated as a non-profit organization in January 2001.


Presently, the Cottonwood Community Band presents four concerts per year and provides music for various community events such as Verde River Days, the Jerome Elks Lodge Flag Day Celebration, and the Clarkdale Fourth of July Celebration.






Officers and Board of Directors


John Kinnamon – President

Gloria Vander Peut - Vice President

Karen O'Regan – Secretary

Neil Rosenow – Treasurer

Nancy Kores

Jean Tierney

Judy Cowan

Musicians  -  listed alphabetically



Lynda Anderson

Judy Cowan

Mary Eder

Julie Lacksonen

Barbara MacCracken

Karen O'Regan

Karen Reedstrom

Lu Stitt

Jean Tierney


Brian Daniels

Simone Duryea

Jennifer Gummo-Wagner

Ashley Herzog

Mary McCaffrey

Tammy Rehborg

Karen Steele

Gloria Vander Peut

Jan VanKooten

Jill Whitener


Cynthia Malla

Bass Clarinet

Peggy Burress


Gayle McClellan

Alto Saxophone

Laurie Mueller

Johnnie Murphy

Kathy Shriver

Greg Orr

Tenor Saxophone

Paul Anfinsen

Bob Sizelove

Baritone Saxophone

Jim Van Lieu

Bruce Wandmayer


Tom Eder

John Kinnamon

Barb Robles

Ron Wright


French Horn

Neil Manzenberger

Will Norris

Keith Paulson

Paul Rosenfeld



Bob Cunningham

Alex Kavet

Neil Rosenow


Ann Crossland

Nancy Kores



Gary Barto

Dan Edwards

Gerry Kuhn



Cat Delaney

Peter Martin

Deb Roberts

Lisa Rosenow

Alyziah Shapiro

Julie Zabilski


Dr. Sy Brandon

Read about our Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Neil Manzenberger

Read about our Assistant Conductor

From May 20, 2018 Concert



The Cottonwood Community Band will help celebrate our Verde River at 10:00 AM on September 28, 2019 at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.  Arizona State Parks will waive the park entrance fees for all visitors attending this 31st annual event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors.
The Cottonwood Community Band, Verde Valley Voices, Dave Joslin and the Jerome Ukulele Orchestra are part of the wide range of entertainment throughout the day. Some of the day's events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed 8am - noon. Enjoy the best pancake breakfast. Non-Profit Food vendors will be cooking up hot dogs, Hamburgers and more for nominal fees. Cash only.
See live birds and reptiles and enjoy guided Bird Walks throughout the day.
Verde River Day was organized in 1989 to promote awareness of the Verde River's distinctive riparian habitat and showcase informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat.

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