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Directors of the Capital City Band

Michael Grant is the current director of bands at Tallahassee Community College, a post he assumed in August 2015.   Prior to that, Maestro Grant was a career military band conductor, arranger, trumpet player and administrator.



*Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting, Florida State University, 2000  (studied trumpet under Bryan Goff and Dr. Chris Moore)
*Master of Arts, Management, National University, La Jolla, CA
*Bachelor of Music, Arranging, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA


  • Associate Conductor of the U.S. Navy Band, Washington DC
  • Director of the U.S. Naval Academy Band
  • Dlrector/Bandmaster, Navy SEVENTH Fleet Band and Navy Band New Orleans
  • Guest Conductor of the Tokyo symphony Orchestra in public concerts
  • Guest conductor, Chinese Navy Band
  • Adjunct Trumpet Instructor, Tulane University
  • Faculty member of Tulane University Concert Band/Big Band/Brass Quintet
  • Delgato Brass Quintet, New Orleans
  • New Orleans Civic Orchestra


Charles (Chuck) Perego  became the director of bands at TCC In January, 2013 after serving as interim director in 2012.   He left the position in June 2015.

Charles Perego, Director 2013-2015Charles Perego, Director 2013-2015

Gary Coates joined the TCC faculty to teach students in the jazz band program in 1994.  In the fall of 1996, he became director of bands at TCC.  During his tenure, Gary grew the jazz band to become an integral part of the TCC music program, maintained the Capital City Band’s strong tradition as a community service organization, and built a strong, supportive relationship with the Communications/Humanities Division and TCC administration.  Gary Coates holds the record as the longest-serving director of the Capital City Band: 16 years.

Gary Coates, Director 1996-2012

Gary Coates, Director 1996-2012

Dr. Paul Dyer was interim director for several months until Ken Williams, the new band director at Florida High and a graduate student at FSU, took over for the next two years (1993-1996).

Paul Dyer, Interim Director 1992-1993

Paul Dyer, Interim Director

                   Ken Williams, Director 1993-1995

Dr. Ken Williams 1993-1996

Dr. Frank Brown, the Florida High band director, became the director of the Capital City Band in 1989 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1992.

fbphoto_Frank Brown

Dr. Jack Swartz, a retired FSU music professor was appointed to the faculty of TCC as band director in 1983. He helped formalize the band’s relationship with TCC, and the name of the band was changed to Capital City Band of Tallahassee Community College. 


Jack Swartz, Director 1983-1988

Dr. Fred Vorce, Florida Department of Education Music Consultant, was appointed director in 1975 and led the band until 1982.  

Fred Vorce, Director 1975-1982

In 1971, the band moved to Tallahassee Community College campus and began operating independently under the auspices of the Humanities Department.  Charles Alley, a doctoral candidate in music at FSU, led the band from 1971 to 1974.

Charles Alley, Director 1971 - 1974

1970 Springtime Tallahassee -Jerry Duncan, DirectorJerry Duncan, Director 1970

Emory Johnson led the band in Lloyd, Florida 1969
Emory Johnson, Director 1969

Tallahassee Community Band - William Richardson, Director Bill Richardson and the Tallahassee Community Band 1967

Donald Hartford was the first conductor of the Tallahassee Community Band.  The band’s first rehearsal were in the Cobb Middle School cafetorium, but moved to the fellowship hall of the First Christian Church on Bronough Street in downtown Tallahassee around 1967. During the late 60s, the band, had several different directors: Jerry Duncan, Rick Brown (now a retired band director, composer and arranger), Bill Richardson (former band director at Rickards High School), and Emory Johnson (a Tallahassee businessman).  Sara Carter served as President of the band, as well as interim director when needed.