The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band is proud to start our exciting 28th season in September 2017. Originally known as Mid-Florida Symphonic Band, the band was organized in March 1990 under the direction of Carlton Hughes. During the bands second season, the current name was adopted, which we share with the city and county where the band is based: Greater Ocala/Marion County, Florida, known as the Kingdom of the Sun. Les Muncaster joined the band in 1998 and is the current conductor and music director.
We are an all-volunteer organization that has grown from 35 members in 1990 to the present 85+ members, ranging in age from 15 to 93. Their musical experience is as varied as their occupations from professional musicians and music educators to college professors, from high school students to engineers, psychologists, to orthodontists, all coming together through shared love of music.
The band rehearses every Monday evening throughout the year at Marion Technical Institute in Ocala, with several performances at venues in Marion County, all of which are free and open to the public. The bands repertoire offers a wide variety of music including marches, big band medleys, classical, popular music, show tunes and patriotic tributes.
Please join us for an entertaining season of music. You'll be sure to leave with a song in your heart. Click HERE to view the bands performance schedule and maps of our performance venues. If you would like to add your name to our patron mailing list, please click HERE to access our Patron page.
"The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more".