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Big Bend Community Orchestra


The Big Bend Community Orchestra was formed in 1994 by Waldie Anderson and Ginny Densmore to provide a venue for community musicians in the area to play symphonic music in an enjoyable atmosphere, and to promote music education and participation. The Orchestra consists of community members including qualified students. To date, the BBCO has presented 84 concerts and over 300 different compositions by a wide variety of composers spanning four centuries.

Each year, the Big Bend Community Orchestra showcases student musicians from age 7 - 18 in a competition called "The Young Artist Competition." In this competition, students prepare a selection to be played for three experienced orchestral conductors. The first place winners from three age categories are invited to play their solo with the orchestra on a concert.

Under the Direction of Dr. Shelby Chipman and Assistant Director Lisa Foltz, the Big Bend Community Orchestra practices on Thursday evenings in the TCC Rehearsal Room - CH 165. With the permission of the conductor and the Dean of Communications & Humanities, TCC students can earn credit hours by participating in the orchestra. For more information, please visit

Contact Information

For more information contact the Division of Communications and Humanities by phone (850) 201-6070 or e-mail

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