We are the Royal Oak Concert Band (ROCB), an 80+ member ensemble of aspiring professionals and serious amateurs from across the metropolitan area. Our jazz ensemble, the Woodward Avenue Jazz Orchestra (WAJO), has 20+ members. We are a non-profit organization of volunteers who play for the love of music. Every year, we perform at least four seasonal indoor concerts in Dondero Auditorium at Royal Oak Middle School as well as multiple outdoor summer concerts in city parks. WAJO makes additional appearances at public and private events throughout the year.
Rehearsals for both groups are in Royal Oak Middle School. ROCB rehearses on Mondays 7-9 pm and performs a wide range of repertoire including big band, pop, marches, classics, and more. WAJO rehearses on Thursdays 7-9 pm. Both groups are open to all adults who have attained at least a high school level of performance. New members are welcome throughout the year. Auditions are not required for entry into ROCB. WAJO entry requires director approval.
The Royal Oak Concert Band is a diverse, all volunteer ensemble whose mission is to provide high quality and challenging musical experiences for its members while entertaining and educating the audience. We are united by a common love of music performed at the highest level of musicianship. The Royal Oak Concert Band is dedicated to providing opportunities for lifelong musical expression for our members through a rich repertoire of music.
ROCB and WAJO are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on donations and sponsorships for funding. Here are ways you can generate funding simply through money you already spend: