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

As a 501(c)3 corporation, the Band is non-profit and supported, in part, by funds
from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National
Endowment for the Arts.  The funds are administered by the Cape May County
Cultural and Heritage Commission under the authority of the Department of
Tourism for the Board of Chosen Freeholders.
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
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.

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.   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.