Bay Concert Band was the brainchild of Peg Rowley, Dr. James Fenton, James A. Griffiths and Walter Cramer. They placed two articles in The Bay City Times requesting former band students who had graduated from high school to come to the Bay City Central band room to organize a community band. Seventy-seven musicians attended the first rehearsal in September 1977, under the direction of Walter “Wally” Cramer, and the band has been active ever since. Bay Concert Band is now in its 39th season of providing a place for recreational musicians to continue playing after they graduate from an organized school program. The band includes members 18 to 80+ years of age and from all walks of life.