About The Band

The Cookeville Community Band presents a series of concerts each summer as well as a Christmas and holiday concert. All summer concerts are free to the public and take place every other Monday evening at the Performance Pavilion in Dogwood Park. The Christmas and holiday concert is held in the Cookeville Performing Arts Center (CPAC).

The Cookeville Community Band, “The Sound of the Cumberland,” was formed in 2002 by the late Wayne Pegram. It consists of public school band directors, college professors, college and high school students and local musicians, both active and retired, who love to play the great wind band music. Members of the ensemble come from the entire Upper Cumberland area.

Anyone interested in joining the band should complete and submit the Cookeville Community Band Commitment Form.

View the Concert Schedule to view a schedule of upcoming concerts.

The Cookeville Community Band is grateful for the support of Cookeville Leisure Services and the help of Chad McDonald, Rick Woods and our announcer, Bob Luna.

Band Founder Wayne Pegram

Wayne PegramThe late Wayne Pegram was founder and director of the Cookeville Community Band and the Big Band Sound. He was a retired Tennessee Tech University music professor and director of the TTU Golden Eagle Marching Band.

Pegram's many years as TTU Marching Band Director, his passion for teaching and his expectations of nothing less than excellence from his students, led him to become inducted into the Tennessee Music Educators Association's and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association's Halls of Fame.

His students have become some of the most respected band directors in the region and country. He is remembered for his contributions to the community in the realm of the arts, his legacy as a band director and especially in the hearts of each and every student who he inspired over the years.

Past Cookeville Community Band Conductors

Rober JagerThe Cookeville Community Band welcomes Robert Jager ​conducted the band from December 2013 through August 2014. He had previously been a guest conductor of the band.

Jager brought to the band years of musical experience. He served in the U.S. Navy as staff arranger and composer for the Armed Forces School of Music, he taught at Tennessee Tech University for 30 years, and he has conducted and lectured throughout the United States as well as overseas, including Japan, China and Europe. His music has been performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra among others throughout the nation.

Joseph HermannJoseph Hermann was music director and conductor for the community band from December 2011 through the 2012 Summer Concert season.

Hermann is Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tennessee, where he is responsible for a dynamic and varied program consisting of the University Marching Band, Symphony Band, Concert Band, Pep Band and the Golden Eagle Brass. His passion for music was seen in the variety of themes and music selections. Prior to becoming director, Hermann had been guest conductor as well as clarinetist for the band.