About Us

Mr. John Walter, former director of the Whitehall School District in Pennsylvania,
retired to Avalon, NJ and on March 5, 1996, placed an advertisement in the local
newspapers inviting musicians to “get together and play for fun.”  Thirty-five
musicians attended this meeting, forming the nucleus of the Middle Township
Community Band.  John passed away in 1998, and to honor its founder, the
Board of Directors agreed to rename the band.

Today, the John Walter Cape Community Band consists of volunteers of
different ages and skill levels with a common interest--a love of playing music
and entertaining others.  The band plays a variety of musical styles, including
marches, pop, rock, show tunes, movie themes, jazz, and patriotic music.  The
Events page lists the band’s concert schedule.   All venues are handicap
John H. Walter, Founder
John Walter Cape Community Band
The Community Concert Band of Cape May County, New Jersey
John Walter Cape Community Band
The Community Concert Band of Cape May County, New Jersey
Scholarship Program
The band awards music scholarship(s) to deserving graduating seniors living in Cape May County  and
involved in any music or performing arts discipline.    Amount and number of Awards is determined by the
band's Scholarship Committee and based on availability of funds to support the Scholarship program.   The
John Walter Band and its members would like to congratulate its 2019 Scholarship Winners!

  • MAE CECILIA BISCHOFF       Wildwood Catholic High School
  • MADISON GRIPPLE               CharterTech High School for the Performing Arts
  • KAITLYN BLANKLEY               Ocean City High School
  • ERIC A PISIECIKO                   Lower Cape May Regional High School

This program is funded entirely by donations from supporters of the John Walter Band.  You too can
support our efforts by visiting the
How to Support page.  For more information and to download a copy of
the band's current Scholarship Program Application,
click here.

Food Bank Support Program
Our audiences are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to selected performances throughout the
year.  Concerts designated as collection sights are listed on the
Events page.   Donations are delivered to
local food banks and shelters.
Larry Martino presents a clarinet to
Valerie Aikens, Music Teacher at
Margret Mace Elementary School and
Chris Armstrong, Superintendent of
North Wildwood School District.
Doug Evans (left) and Richard Kershner
(middle) present a trumpet to Megan Oravsky,
Dennisville School Teacher, Michael Saul,
Music Teacher (right), and Dennis Anderson,
Assistant Principal, Dennisville School District.
Community Outreach Programs

Play It Again Program
The John Walter Band supports the local community with a Play-It-Again program.  Throughout the year
members collect and refurbish gently used instruments and redistributes these to local schools with music
programs.  If you would like to participate and have a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument that is no
longer in use,
contact us and someone from the Band will arrange to pick-up your donation and see that it
is placed back in service.  Cash
donations to help offset refurbishing costs are also appreciated.  

In 2019, we donated refurbished instruments to Dennisville School District, Wildwood High School, Crest
Memorial Elementary School, Margaret Mace Elementary School
, and deserving students from other areas.
As a 501(c)3 corporation, the band is non-profit.  Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey
State Council on the Arts / Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Cape May
County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Cape May County Department of Tourism, Public
Information and Culture & Heritage.
Quinten J. shows off his refurbished  trombone
that he received from the Play It Again Program
and used in a band performance the same day