We are back! We restarted weekly rehearsals on a "conditional basis" effective Monday, June 14, 2021 after this long COVID-19 pause. Please refer to the "current conditions" below for any updates as restrictions may change over time.

The South Shore Band is a volunteer adult community band based in Staten Island, N.Y. New members are always invited to join.  

Our members include professionals, amateurs, and some musicians who had long been away from active playing. All find the South Shore Band an ideal way to continue with active ensemble playing. We offer a relaxing and friendly atmosphere and now have over 40 active members.


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Our mission: "To provide a supportive and inspiring community band environment where  musicians can share in the growth of musical expression, performance, and  service to the community".

The South Shore Band offers service to our local communities through concerts, performing at civic events...and other occasions where we can deepen the general public's appreciation for live performance and instill a greater pride in our community.

We thank Jim DeFrancesco for his 32 years serving as our Music Director. Due to his many additional time obligations, Jim decided to return to our Clarinet Section and pass the baton to a new Music Director. We are excited to announce that Rob Butler has been elected as our new Music Director. Rob's been with our band since 1998 leading our Percussion Section. He has a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Brooklyn College, is Organist for St. Christopher/St. Margaret Mary RC Church, teaches music in a number of Catholic Elementary Schools across Staten Island, has been Music Director for a number of Community Theatre and High School musical productions, and has arranged a number of musical scores for our band over the years. We are fortunate to have someone with Rob's vast experiences taking up the baton duties for the South Shore Band.

Rehearsals are held every Monday evening (effective 10/7/19) at 8 P.M. at our new permanent home at The Reformed Church of Huguenot, 5475 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10312 (at Huguenot Avenue). We continue to rehearse throughout the summer time as well. For more information please contact Ann-Marie Leonard, Band President at 718-356-6865, via email, or call/text my mobile number at 646-436-1918. New members interested in joining are invited to visit us at any weekly Monday evening rehearsal.

Click on "Schedule of Events" within our site to learn more about upcoming appearances for the Band.

     Site Last Updated: 11/23/2021
  • Weekly rehearsals resumed Monday June 14, 2021 on a "conditional basis". Until further notice based on current guidelines, in order to return to rehearsing members must be fully vaccinated (at least 14 days prior to returning), sign in upon arrival, temperature check and standard COVID protocol questions upon arrival, wear mask indoors unless seated and playing, and adhere to our hosts "off limits" areas within the building(s). For our added safety, a portable air filtration system will be used during our rehearsal time. 
  • The COVID-19 pause made 2020 a difficult year for certain! But we are working toward a return to rehearsals sometime in June 2021. Please refer to the email sent to all members explaining the plans and requirements. See you all soon!
  • Effective Oct 7, 2019 we are welcomed into our new permanent rehearsal home at The Reformed Church of Huguenot, 5501 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10312. Thank you Rev. Troia and the congregation of The Reformed Church of Huguenot for your generous hospitality for our community group. We celebrate these new beginnings.
  • Jan 15, 2019: No longer welcoming our community band, we were required by St. Paul's UMC to move out of our long time rehearsal "home". Thank you Gateway Community Outreach for welcoming us until we found a more permanent space to call "home".
  • In late June 2018, the Band was honored to receive citations of appreciation from the Boy Scouts of America as well as from Beauvais Hudson American Legion Post for our music support on behalf of our community.
  • The South Shore Band is excited to welcome new and returning members to our community band family. We always have space for more new people so come on down to visit with us and learn more about our community band.

          The South Shore Band welcomed:

  • Ben Schwartz to our Tenor Sax section on June 29, 2015
  • Thomas Meaders back to our Bass Clarinet section July 27, 2015
  • Russ Morisi back to our Trombone section July 27, 2015
  • Kevin Kosakevitch on Stand-up Bass on February 22, 2016
  • Bette Bommer to our French Horn Section on March 6, 2017
  • Matthew Sullivan to our Oboe Section in June 2017
  • Yuri Levistsky to our Clarinet Section in 2017
  • Allan Katz to our Baritone Horn Section on May 21, 2108
  • Joanna Graziani to our Clarinet Section on October 15, 2018
  • David Smith to our Trumpet Section in March 2019
  • Frank Poe to our Alto Sax Section on January 13. 2020erea
  • Theresa Esposito back to our Flute Section in January 2020
  • Danny Spreen to our Trombone Section in January 2020
  • Sara Stein to our Flute/Picc Section in January 2020
  • Denise Canlon to our Flute/Picc Section on June 14, 2021
  • Emily Coumoutseas to our Trumpet Section on June 21, 2021
  • Krissy Murnieks back to our Flute Section on June 21, 2021
  • Ryan Murnieks back to our Alto Sax Section on June 21. 2021
  • Kathy Murnieks back to our Alto Sax Section on June 29, 2021
  • Emily Sullivan back to our Bassoon Section on July 12, 2021
  • John Coangelo to our Flute Section on August 9, 2021
  • Matt Pecora to our Percussion Section on September 27, 2021
  • Anthony Cardinuto to our Percussion Section on November 22, 2021
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  • To get a sense of the music that we are currently rehearsing you can click on Folder Music List to view the content of our rehearsal folders. This music list is updated regularly as music is added to our folders as we progress in various concert performance preparations (note: march book music is not included in this listing). 
  • New members are welcome in all sections. We are in particular need for added members to the following sections: Trombone/Low Brass and Percussion. Can always use added French Horns as well.
  • You can click on Schedule of Events for information regarding the 2022 and remaining 2021 schedule and appearance dates as well as the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008 schedules. The scheduling process is always quite active with many of our events being ongoing commitments year after year. If you are interested in having the band perform please contact us early as our calendar of events that we are able to accept fills quickly.

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