Guilbert New Members Fund

The Association of Concert Bands Board of Directors has established a special fund to encourage new individual memberships in ACB. Established in memory of the much-loved former conductor of the Plano Community Band, ACB Board member, President-Elect and (posthumous) ACB President, Tommy Guilbert, the fund has been created to further Tommy’s deep belief in his theme, “Music for Life.” The fund’s purpose is to encourage young musicians to nurture passions of band performance throughout their adult life. 

This is an opportunity for you to identify and reward that member of your band who has demonstrated Tommy’s vision, “Music for Life.” This individual could be a senior member who has encouraged young musicians, or perhaps a younger member who has demonstrated a commitment to community bands and concert band music. It should be someone who would clearly benefit from the learning, performing and networking that ACB offers.

These gifted memberships will be granted each December until the fund is depleted. To assist in its sustainment, you or someone who you know may wish to support Tommy’s “Music for Life” theme by donating to the fund. This can be done by either sending a check (marked ‘Music for Life Fund’) to the Association of Concert Bands PO Box 6601 Newport News, VA 23606 or online below.

 Make a donation to Guilbert New Members Fund here.

The nomination process and deadlines will be communicated to ACB member bands via email each year.

If you have any questions, please send an email to here