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Gold Country Band

Board of Directors and Officers (2023-2024)
President: Sandy Strautman
Vice President: Mark Meeker
Treasurer: Mary Rose Preston
Secretary: Jeanie Thurston
Director-at-Large/Membership Coordinator: Linda Snyder



Click here for 2024 events calendar

Section Leaders
Woodwinds - Jeanie Thurston
Brass - Mark Meeker
Singers/Rhythm - Julia Souza

Events Coordinators

Corene Bennett, Julia Souza

Click here for 2024 Members Handbook

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The Gold Country Band performs music at residential care facilities in Placer County. Music selections are focused on our senior audiences; therefore, almost all songs pre-date the 1970s, and are happy, optimistic tunes that bring back fond memories. Our mission is to share the joy and gift of music.

The Auburn-based band began in 1985 as a class for seniors through the Placer School for Adults. The 14-person group was led by a piano player, and the members played kazoos and rhythm and various noise-making instruments. Fast forward through the years . . . the Band’s roster now includes concert band instruments plus a piano and vocal soloists.

The Band averages 16 members, all friendly people who enjoy a fulfilling music-making environment. The instrumentalists and singers come from many Placer County and Sacramento County communities. Each person brings something special to the Band.

Band rehearsals and performances are on Monday mornings. If you are interested in playing with the Band, click here for information about auditions and our current needs for instrumentalists or vocalists. If you would like to attend a rehearsal, please call 916-622-0677 or e-mail

The end of 2023 brought the retirement of the Band’s long-time Conductor/Music Arranger Dave Machado, who moved out of state to be with family. The Band is currently auditioning prospective conductors.

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