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Alexandria Citizens Band

Building Community Through Music

Alexandria, VA   |  http://alexandriacitizensband.org/

Mission

Alexandria Citizens Band, established in 1912, is one of the oldest community bands in America. Our mission is to provide a space for volunteer musicians to rehearse together and perform free concerts in Alexandria, Virginia. Our musicians range in age from 13 to 82, and reflect the great diversity of our community.

Ruling year info

1986

Conductor

Mr. Mike Evans

Main address

PO Box 16861

Alexandria, VA 22302 USA

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EIN

52-1437040

NTEE code info

Music Groups, Bands, Ensembles (A6C)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Alexandria Citizens Band

We perform a series of free, family-friendly concerts throughout year, and hold a very popular annual Holiday Sing-Along that has been featured in the Washington Post. We also perform at neighborhood events, such as arts festivals, salutes to veterans, and Halloween gatherings; and we make music accessible to all by visiting senior homes and food banks.
Several times a year we host Come Play With Us Nights, providing a musical space for musicians to share the joys of playing. Our band members include teachers, small business owners, disabled veterans, lawyers, rocket scientists, housewives, retirees, construction workers, engineers, diplomats, Uber drivers, and other professions.

We also have one of the largest community band music libraries in America, thanks to a donation by our late conductor, John Pickerel. We are the proud caretakers of his private collection, which we share with other bands and schools so they can enjoy the music, too.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of free admissions

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

free concert attendance

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal to bring musical arts to all citizens of Alexandria, Virginia and surrounding areas.
Goal to focus specifically on underserved and under represented communities.
Goal to improve our availability to our target demographic.
Goal to continue musicianship improvement, membership and education outreach to our community.
Goal to increase access and availability of the swing band, concert band and smaller ensembles in various venues within our community.

Provide ALL underserved demographics full, no cost access to the arts through live concert and swing band performances throughout the Alexandria, Virginia and surrounding area. Provide all Alexandria citizens the opportunity to participate in music performance and/or education for the benefit of all citizens in the community.
Develop and execute an aggressive outreach campaign through live performances, social media communications and strong marketing tools providing all citizens a high level of awareness and access to the arts in their community.

Alexandria Citizens Band is comprised of citizen musicians from all walks of life and levels of musicianship from post high school to professional musicians. We represent our target community through our own demographic diversity allowing our outreach work a high level of community acceptance and participation. We have developed a very strong and varied live music outreach capability through our swing band and concert band organizations. We support that musical outreach through an equally aggressive communications capability in social media, marketing collateral, personal contact and local news outlets. We practice constantly to maintain and improve our musical capability and quality of performances. We plan on various concerts and other performance venues to insure we reach as much of our target demographic as possible.

Alexandria Citizens Band has been in existence continually for over 111 years. As one of the oldest community bands in the country, we have a proven track record of longevity, capability, community engagement and relevance. We have provided hundreds of musical performances and community engagement through out the past century and continue to do so into the next. We continue to expanded our Bands' repertoire throughout the decades to include audience favorites from the past as well as music as it evolves across generations. We have expanded and adjusted our performance locations, schedules and target audiences continually striving to be as demographically inclusive as possible even as our target community has grown and continues to evolve into the future.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Alexandria Citizens Band

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Sarah Evans

Leadership Institute

Term: 2025 - 2022

Donna Clark

Northern Virginia Community College

Sarah Morrison

Leadership Institute

Kunegunda Belle, Ph.D.

Mark Adams

Alexandria Citizens Band

Christina Behe

Morgan Corbett

Megan Dwyer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/8/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.