Under the direction of Mr. Alan Fowler, Band Director at Eastside High School, the Newton County Community Band is composed of volunteer musicians of all ages who enjoy weekly rehearsals and present free community concerts throughout the year, including a holiday and spring concert, as well as an annual patriotic concert during Stars and Stripes Fest on the Covington Square. Dust off your old high school or college instrument and join in the fun!
There is no fee to participate in the Newton County Community Band, but a suggested donation of $35 per year for each member is requested to help offset music and licensing expenses.
The Newton County Community Band was born out of a dream of its conductor, William “Bill” Dobbs, then Mayor of Covington. Throughout the years, Mr. T.K. Adams continued to nurture the skills and spirits of countless teenagers as he directed them in the band program at what by that time had become Cousins Middle School.
Upon his retirement from the Newton County School System after thirty-six years of teaching, Adams decided it was time for his dream to come to fruition. He and Dr. Dobbs had continued to envision a band that would provide recreation for people of all ages and backgrounds who share the knowledge and love of instrumental music. In 1993, an organizational meeting for the purpose of forming a community band drew about thirty-eight players. Now in its 25th season, adults from a wide range of professions and ages compose this current group of 60 musicians. Mr. Adams retired from directing the Community Band in May of 2014 and passed the baton to Mr. Alan Fowler.