Frequently Asked Questions

What is Peninsula Symphonic Band?
Peninsula Symphonic Band is Door County’s Community band and has been performing in concerts and at other county wide special events since 1990.

Who are the members of Peninsula Symphonic Band?
PSB is a “true” community band whose members consist of high school and college students to senior citizens. Musically, our members range from amateurs to professional and retired musicians who have continue to have a passion and enthusiasm for playing great music.

Who is the director of Peninsula Symphonic Band?
Jason Palmer is the fourth director of PSB, leading the group since 2018. Read more about Jason here.

Who can join the band?
Anyone playing a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument at a high school level or higher is welcome to join the band. Unfortunately being a concert band we do not take anyone playing a string instrument.

When is the best time to join the band?
The best time to join the band is at the start of either the fall or spring season however we do accept new members throughout each season depending on the needs of the band.

Where and when are the rehearsals?
PSB rehearses Monday nights from 7:00-8:30pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. We have two seasons: September – December and March-July. Musicians should enter Prince of Peace Church from the large parking lot on 18th Ave.

What should I bring to rehearsal?

  • Music: Music for the spring/summer season will be a combination of pieces PSB played in the fall and new music that has been selected for the band. New music will be emailed to all band members. Each person needs to print their own parts and bring it with them to the first rehearsal. If you do not have access to a pinter,  please reach out to Kathy Rauch (music librarian).
  • Music stand. Many musicians bring a stand light, as well.
  • Brass players:  Empty your horn on a towel please!

How many concerts Does Peninsula Symphonic Band perform each year?
Typically, PSB performs two fall concerts in Sturgeon Bay; a Veteran’s Day Concert and a Holiday Concert. In the spring/summer season, the band performs 3-4 concerts in various locations throughout the county.

Are rehearsals mandatory?
Participation in both rehearsals and concerts is voluntary. We encourage everyone to be at all rehearsals and concerts but understand that work and personal schedules will conflict at times. If you are unable to be at a rehearsal or at a concert we ask as a courtesy to the director and your fellow band members that you notify Jason Palmer as soon as you know you will not be there at that rehearsal or concert.

What kind of music does the band perform?
The band performs traditional concert band literature including patriotic marches, big band medleys, movie music, and Christmas music.

Is there a fee to join Peninsula Symphonic Band?
Yes, there is a $35.00 per year player fee to help defer expenses such as purchasing music, rental equipment and director’s stipend. This fee is collected at the start of the fall/winter season.

Do I need tickets for the concerts?
No! All PSB concerts are FREE. Donations are graciously accepted at the concerts. The band relies in the generous donations of its audience members in order to operate.

Do I have to purchase a uniform for the band?
The summer uniform is a navy polo shirt with the band logo on it that is available for purchase. Additionally, there is a crewneck sweatshirt option available for purchase as part of the summer uniform. Individual members supply their own bottoms: khaki pants, capris or shorts, with brown or black shoes.

The fall uniforms are the following:
Veterans Day Concert: White tops, black bottoms, black shoes. Men are asked to wear collared shirts
Holiday Concert: Black bottoms, dark shoes with a festive or holiday style top. No T-shirts. Men to wear collared shirts; ties optional

How else can I help Peninsula Symphonic Band?

  • Set up:  Please come 45 mins before rehearsal time to help set up
  • Tear down:  Please stay 10 minutes afterwards to re-set the chairs
  • Recruit new members
  • Join the Swingin’ Door Big Band or some of our budding chamber groups
  • Host a fundraiser:  Let us know if your employer can help us.  We will do the ask if you want!

What is the tax status of PSB?
Peninsula Symphonic Band is a Non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

I have other questions not answered here, who do I contact?
Contact us at:
Or contact Jason Palmer directly at:

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