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 band
voted 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
musical notations
band's founder holding his tuba
John H. Walter, Founder
John Walter Cape Community Band
The Community Concert Band of Cape May County, New Jersey
handwritten musical notes
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
2021 Scholarship Winners!

  • CALEB LAWSON                 Lower Cape May Regional High School
  • ABIGAIL RUSSO                   Lower Cape May Regional High School

This program is funded entirely by donations.  You too can support our efforts by making a donation.  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.
three people with clarinet donation
Larry Martino presents a clarinet to
Valerie Aikens, Music Teacher at
Margret Mace Elementary School and
Chris Armstrong, Superintendent of
North Wildwood School District.
five people with trumpet donation
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.
Cape May County NJ seal
NJ State Council on the Arts seal
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 redistribute 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 County Commissioners through the Division of 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.
young man holding donated trombone