A musical opportunity for those in the Four Corners area





Calendar of Scheduled Events


Practices are Monday 7-9 pm at the First Baptist church in Cortez

Practices have just started for our spring performances!  Please join us!


Scheduled Events:


On Monday March 10 at 7:00 pm, at "The Phil" in Shiprock, the Four Corners Community Band will join the Newcomb school band for a joint concert. 

The Performing Arts Center, known as “The Phil,” is a state of the art auditorium, named for Phil L. Thomas, an esteemed music teacher for 37 years in the Central Consolidated School District, who hoped to see the Center showcase local public school performances and professional out-of-community performing groups.

With the Shiprock and Newcomb school bands and our Four Corners Community Band composed of musicians of all ages, we demonstrate what is possible when communities offer music instruction to students who then may carry it on, as has Phil Thomas, into a lifetime of pleasure.  


The bands from Newcomb, New Mexico are under the direction of Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the music director for Newcomb Middle School and Newcomb High School, in Newcomb, N.M. The schools are part of the Central Consolidated School District. He is in his 30th year of teaching public school band and chorus in Illinois, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico. Allen received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1981. He also earned his Master's of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University in 1991. In late 1999, after going to work on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, N.M., he began forming the Four Corners Community Band. He led this band for 3 years, as well.


The Four Corners Community Band is under the direction of Dani Long

Dani Long became director of the Four Corners Community Band in 2006. While an anthropology major at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, she also studied music theory, classical guitar and cello, and participated in the collegium musicum, Grinnell's early western music ensemble. She resides in Montezuma County, Colorado, where she is fire lookout at Mesa Verde National Park and continues to play the cello with the Silver Echoes flute ensemble at scheduled area events.