About

East Bay Symphonic Band’s (EBSB) vision is to recognize that learning is a life-long journey, where music provides the basis for developing cultural life in the global community The East Bay Symphonic Band is a community band with an open invitation to all who wish to play an instrument. The band meets on Monday nights at the Hayward Odd Fellow Lodge, with the exception of the 2nd Monday, from 7PM to 9PM under the direction of Beverly Johnson.

The East Bay Symphonic Band is comprised of musicians from pre-teens to members in their eighties. Member occupations include students, military personnel, scientists, retirees, teachers, engineers, truck drivers and airline pilots. Some members have joined after a 30 year absence of playing. We have younger members who have advanced through our ranks to become music educators and professional musicians. Individual members have performed solos with the band as well as unique performances as Spike Jones impersonations.

Many members volunteer their time in schools as music coaches, mentors and instrument repair techs. EBSB members are often mem-bers of other performing groups and organizations. Many attend the ACB National Conventions and other conferences at the local, state and national level. Others may be found sitting on the Board of Directors of musical organizations or high school Band Boosters.

The band has been making contributions to our East Bay community since 1982, playing at such diverse venues as Golden Gate Park Band Festival in San Francisco and the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary Splash Down of Apollo 11 on the U.S.S. Hornet based in Alameda, CA.

East Bay Symphonic Band, Inc is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code

Our Conductor

Beverly Johnson has been the band’s conductor since 1993. She holds a B.A., M.A. and a California Teaching Credential from California State University, East Bay. She has also attended the University of Redlands, San Francisco Conservatory, Wright State University, and Cincinnati Conservatory pursuing graduate studies. Ms Johnson is a well known free lance flutist throughout the Bay Area, performing with several orchestras, bands, chamber groups and theater productions. She is a retired Air Force Band musician, having served for 30 years in active duty Air Force and Reserve Air Guard bands. Being one of the first women to serve in this career field of the military, it is also noteworthy that she was one of the first women to serve as First Sergeant and later the Superintendent of a military band. Beverly is very involved in the Hayward La Honda Music Camp, where she teaches band, flute technique, chamber music, music theory, and serves as the director of the Junior Camp. Ms Johnson previously taught Applied Flute at Chabot College, Hayward, in addition to conducting Chabot’s Community Band, the East Bay Symphonic Band