West Bend Community Band

The West Bend Community Band, also known as the River City Irregulars, are the musical ambassadors for the city of West Bend, Wisconsin and its surrounding communities. The band members pride themselves on serving the community with their musical talents. The band is now in their 35th season. The West Bend Community Band has two additional musical ensembles:
River City Blaskapelle and River City Christmas Brass.

Who We Are

The River City Irregulars is an all-volunteer group of adult musicians with varied music backgrounds who share a passion for concert band music and willingness to share their talents with the community. The band includes instrumental brass, woodwind and percussion sections, and performs concerts and participates in parades throughout the southeastern Wisconsin area from late spring to early fall. Musicians are always welcome to join.

The Music

The band performs a variety of musical selections, including marches, symphonic transcriptions, easy listening pops, swing, show tunes and patriotic selections – hopefully something for everyone! Browse our Repertoire.

Director

Bill Berlyn was a music educator for over 40 years, having taught at the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels. His music career began in 1980 at MHLT Elementary School, where he was the band director until 1989. Bill was fundamental in forming a tri-city solo and ensemble festival between Minocqua, Woodruff and Lac du Flambeau elementary schools. He also assisted the district’s high school band program. After Bill’s first teaching assignment, he taught music at various parochial schools in southeastern Wisconsin. He also operated a private teaching studio at Cascio Interstate Music, and taught at Music Dynamic studios and the Waukesha Conservatory of Music. Continue reading…

Music Scholarships

Each spring, the West Bend Community Band awards music scholarships to select seventh grade band students from West Bend area schools. The scholarships are awarded to students for attendance at a summer music camp of the applicant’s choosing. Scholarship applications are available from the school band director.