Tar River Community Band

The Tar River Community Band is an all-volunteer organization that has been making music here in Greenville since 1987. Our season begins the first Thursday after Labor Day, and concludes each year in July. We rehearse once a week for about 90 minutes and perform as often as we can. Past seasons have included concerts celebrating Veterans Day and Christmas, as well as appearances at Happening on the Common in Tarboro, Shad Festival in Grifton and Sunday in the Park in Greenville. Although a few of our members certainly qualify, the band is not made up of professional musicians. We are people of all ages, occupations and levels of musical ability who played in high school and college bands. Our youngest member is still in high school; we also have college students, young moms, university and medical professionals, business owners, and many retirees. Auditions are not required, and there are no membership dues, thanks to the sponsorship of Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation and Greenville Recreation and Parks, which have been with the band since its inception. The band continues to improve under the expert direction of James Mauser, band director at Southside High School.

TRBC Conductor - James E. Mauser Jr.

James E. Mauser Jr. is a long time director of the Tar River Community Band. He first joined the band in 1998 on trombone following his move to Eastern North Carolina to become the band director at S.W. Snowden School in Aurora. A native of Allentown, Pa., he holds a bachelors degree in music education from West Chester University, and is a former member of Pennsylvania famed Red Hill Band, a community band that has been going strong since 1900. Mauser is the band director at Southside High School in Chocowinity, a position he has held since the school first opened its doors in 1999.

TRBC Board of Directors

Karen Simmons - President
David Scott - Vice President
Andy Pilgreen - Treasurer
Jennifer Grissom - Secretary
Mary Daughtridge - Publicity
Alice Keene - Facilities
Chrissy Mauser - Librarian
Kim Mury - Historian