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Gold Country Band

Board of Directors and Officers (2022-2023)

President: Sandy Strautman

Vice President: Mark Meeker

Secretary: Jeanie Thurston

Treasurer: Mark Rose Preston

Director at Large/Membership Coordinator:  VACANT

Conductor: Dave Machado


Click here for upcoming events calendar

Staff Positions (2022-2023)

Assistant Conductor:   Sandy Strautman

Music Coordinators:   Dave Machado and Sandy Strautman

Facility Coordinator:    Dave Machado

Facility Billing: Mary Rose Preston

Sunshine: Patti Baumert

Roster:   Dave Machado

Music Printer:  Diane Dixon-Johnson

Newsletter:  Diane Dixon-Johnson

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The Gold Country Band performs and provides musical experiences at various senior facilities from Auburn to Roseville to Lincoln.

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.  The group was affectionately called “Wanda’s Kitchen Band.”  Fast forward through the years . . . the Band’s roster now includes all concert band instruments plus a banjo, piano and vocal soloists.

The Band has about 25 members, all friendly people who enjoy afulfilling music-making environment.  The instrumentalists and singers come from many communities including Greenwood, Auburn, Meadow Vista, Grass Valley, Newcastle, Loomis, Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Sacramento and Elverta.  Each person brings something special to the Band.

The Band’s 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 916-223-6944 or e-mail us at


Dave Machado is the music arranger, conductor and announcer. Dave says “Music selections are focused on our senior audience; therefore, almost all songs predate the 1970s, and are happy, optimistic tunes.  We are trying to bring some joy into the life of residents in a convalescent hospital or retirement home. We play musical standards that we hope bring back fond memories, for the benefit of our band members and the audience.  Our mission is to share the gift of music.”

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