Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band

A nonprofit organization

The Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band was first established in 1984 by a group of C.E. Byrd High School alumni, and has become the oldest, continuously operating community band in Shreveport and Bossier City today. We have performed over 300 concerts over the years in several cities in Louisiana and Texas including The Red River Revel, the Veterans Day ceremony in Shreveport following the annual parade, the 4th of July concert and celebration in Jefferson Texas, and the retiree luncheons at Barksdale AFB honoring war veterans. The band has grown from the original 30 members to over 75 musicians. No longer supported by Louisiana State University in Shreveport, the band has found a new home for rehearsals and concerts with Grace Community United Methodist Church. We are ever so grateful to Grace Community church but with this move, we have incurred some additional expenses. Among our members are active and retired band directors, businessmen, medical professionals, students, retired and active military members, community volunteers, professional musicians, retirees who want to play again and people from many backgrounds. There is no where better to get back into music in a band environment and challenge that brain than in this group. We are supported only by donations, and our directors, Joseph LeBlanc and Ted Beagley, both music professionals and educators are the only paid members.


The Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band offers volunteer musicians of varying ages and skill levels a challenging means of developing and expressing their musicals skills. Our goal is to inspire the enjoyment of a variety of music amongst the membership and audience alike and to provide a variety of music through quality free concerts in the local communities. We have also reached out to introduce young children to our musical instruments and to play for them.

Organization Data


Organization name

Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band

Tax id (EIN)





Parishes Served

Bossier, Caddo

Operating Budget

Under $100,000


Arts, Culture & Humanities, Community Enhancement, Intellectual, Developmental, and Physical Disabilities


7723 Chesapeake Dr
Shreveport, LA 71105



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