The Tar River Community Band started making music in 1987. In the years since its creation, the band has welcomed musicians from all walks of life. Its musicians include members of the region's business, teaching and medical communities along with college students and retirees. From its inception the band has has served as an outlet for musicians who are looking for a way to share their talents with the community.
The band continues to grow with members from all over Eastern North Carolina. Members live and perform in Pitt, Beaufort, Wayne, Wilson, Martin and Edgecombe County. The band seeks to grow relationships with local and regional arts organizations by performing at events such as Kinston's annual Veterans Day Weekend
festivities, Farmville July 4th and Greenville’s concert series Sunday in the Park.
We are winds, brass and percussion musicians. If you have an instrument we can help you find your chops again. If you don't have an instrument, we will do our best to find one for you.
We play a wide variety of music including marches, show tunes, movie scores, jazz, swing, classical representing all levels of difficulty.
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.