Alexandria Community Band
Alexandria, Indiana
Est. 1987


Alan Erwin
Alexandria Community Band

Mr. Alan Erwin became the Conductor of the Alexandria Community Band in the fall of 1989 after co-conducting during the spring and summer of that year. Under Mr. Erwin’s direction, the band has increased in size from 12 musicians to between 35 and 40, with members coming not-only from Alexandria but also surrounding communities and counties. The band now has a year-around performance schedule.

Alan Erwin is a professional music educator with 30 years teaching in public and private schools in east central Indiana. Currently teaching general music and choir at Muncie’s Grissom Memorial Elementary, he also taught choral music at Southside High School, Claypool Elementary, and Northside Middle School. Prior to teaching in Muncie, he taught choir and music history/theory at Lincoln Junior-Senior High in Cambridge City, general music, choir and drama at Marion’s St. Paul-Bennett Catholic School (K-12), and music and choir at Liberty Christian School (K-12) in Anderson.

He is known in the state for his work with vocalists as the Chairman for District 4A All-State High School Honor’s Choir of the Indiana Choral Directors Association, working at both the district and state levels. While in Western Kentucky, he co-founded the Western Kentucky Chorale and served as co-conductor. He has served churches in Kentucky and Indiana as Minister/Director of Music with various congregations and has been recognized as a minister in the Church of God (Anderson) and the United Methodist Church.

The Alexandria Community Band under his direction was a clinic feature group at the 2000 Indiana Music Educators Association convention. In 2000 Mr. Erwin was honored with the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Gov. Frank O’Bannon, and in 2001 in Indianapolis with WRTV-6’s Leadership Award for his work with the band.

Mr. Erwin earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Greenville College (IL), Master of Arts in Religion from Asbury Theological Seminary, and Master of Arts from Ball State University. He has done additional graduate studies at Asbury and at Ball State. He performed with several vocal ensembles while in undergraduate and graduate schools.

Often found investing his time working with youth he has also received various honors for being a leader in Boy Scouts of America, serving at both pack and troop levels locally and volunteering at the district level. For more than 20 years he served as local coordinator for over 100 high school exchange students from more than a dozen foreign countries, remaining in contact with several of those students. He has served as an officer for local athletic and music organizations supporting youth.

Dr. John Carter
Assistant Conductor
Alexandria Community Band

Dr. John Carter is a family practice physician with IU Health, Ball Memorial Hospital. His office is in Albany, Indiana.

Now playing french horn for Alexandria Community Band, he for several years played euphonium in the annual "Tuba Christmas” program.

He was Music Director for the annual “Evening of the Arts” benefit concerts by medical students while at IU School of Medicine.

Earning a B.A. in Music, with honors from Earlham College, Carter also held a church music director's position and conducted various music ensembles, playing French Horn with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN). He composed/performed with a gospel quartet while in seminary at Earlham School of Religion and spent three months studying music in Florence, Italy.

He sang tenor with the Indianapolis Opera for several seasons.

Composing, arranging, recording, performing, and traveling in music ministry while serving as a local church pastor, he was music director for a multi-church massed choir national benefit concert for the “International Year of the Child” fund in Belize City, Belize.

John Carter was a public school music teacher (grades 5-12) and co-founder and assistant conductor for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra,Carmel, IN, having studied conducting and composition at Jordan College of Music, Butler University.

Carter earned many first place state solo & ensemble awards, performing with Carmel High School concert, marching, & pep bands, as well as the Indiana All-State Band.

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