(This page updated May 23, 2023)
Come join the fun!
This all-volunteer band is constructed anew every year to serve the community with live instrumental music at the annual Independence Day celebration. We bring together instrumentalists spanning a broad range of musical capability & experience as well as age & life experience to unify around delighting the audience and hopefully inspiring the youth among them to someday consider learning to play an instrument.
It's fun and rewarding to make music for an appreciative audience. Come join the band!
The McCartysville Volunteer Band's History:
2003 - Jack Mallory's Independence Day Liberty Bell ringing event has outgrown his driveway, and he moves it to the nearby, newly-formed Azule Park. Almost 250 people enjoy patriotic songs sung by Japanese and Korean choirs, and marvel at a masterful solo handbell performance.
2004 - The event has grown, and Tadashi & Sarah, who have attended both years with their young children, wonder whether anyone has considered providing live instrumental music . . .
2005 - Dale Walter & Tadashi Okuno bootstrap a tiny band with borrowed music, a few paid ringers accompanied by a small handful of instrument-capable family & friends, lots of time, energy & stress, and an 11th-hour crash cymbals purchase.
2006 - Dale moves away, so Tadashi launches villageband.com, and 24 musicians endure our first Sousa-thon.
2008 - 40 musicians salute the veterans with an armed forces medley.
2009 - 60 musicians wake up the neighborhood.
2010 - The band enjoys double shade canopies in newly-opened Kevin Moran Park
2011 - professional amplification ensures a music-filled parade
2012 - Our first performance of Bugler's Holiday along with a trombone section feature to delight the audience
2013 - 9 french horns usher "American Overture" into the program along with "National Emblem"
2014 - prospective Ca State Assemblyman Chuck Page returns to the tuba section to pound out "Them Basses"
2019 - Anjali Kausar oversees a rousing celebration as new chair of the event
2020 - Anjali Kausar crafts a streamed virtual Independence Day event during the Covid shutdown
2021- The McCartysville Volunteer Band reassembles 115-strong to exuberantly perform a post-Covid, band-only Independence Day Celebration!
2022- The community celebrates the vision & guidance of founder Jack Mallory in a touching salute
2023 - come join us for the 2023 Independence Day Celebration!
In his own words . . .
Jack Mallory, on creating the Saratoga July 4th Observance:
"My vision was to:
1. Celebrate the birthday of our nation
2. Provide a patriotic program for our families
3. Invite participation by our families by singing and then marching in the parade and singing
4. Bring our diverse community together to celebrate our unity as a nation; our founding and our freedoms"