Our Directors

Doug Terhune, Director

Mr. Terhune grew up in Hopewell, New Jersey and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Carroll College in Waukesha. Terhune received his Master’s degree in Music Education from VanderCook College in Chicago. He was a band director in the Monona Grove School District for grades 6-12 from 1970-2004. He has played professionally with the Jimmy Hartwig and Dick Jurgens Orchestras, as well as other big bands and jazz combos. He has also (when the music calls for saxophone) played with the Madison  Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Beloit Janesville Symphony. Terhune has been a clinician for the Ladies Must Swing Band and serves as a clinician for the WSMA (Wisconsin School Music Association). In retirement, he teaches saxophone and clarinet (classical and jazz) in his home studio to students ages middle school through adult. Volunteer groups include Retro Band (40’s style jazz) and the VFW Winter Band. During the summer he plays with the Capital City Band performing at Rennebohm Park, Madison. He is co-director of the Red Hot Dixie Jazz Band that performs parades and concerts throughout southern Wisconsin. Terhune works as a substitute teacher for band directors in the Sun Prairie Music Department during the school year. Leisure time is spent playing tennis with his wife, Karen, and enjoying time with their grandchildren.

Kristie Ely, Associate Director

Ms. Ely has been a member of the band for more than 10 years, was interim director this past summer and has conducted the group on several occasions. Ely has more than 30 years of experience as a band director in Wisconsin schools - 21 years included high school band, jazz ensemble, marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble, concerts and festivals. She has been a music lesson instructor for over 25 years teaching piano, woodwinds and brass in levels beginner through college audition prep. She is a Master Adjudicator for WMSA music festivals and has taught numerous soloists and ensembles at the Class A and State Level. In addition, Ely is a composer and has been a guest conductor at UW Madison and UW Platteville with original compositions.

About Us

The Sun Prairie Area Community Band is a volunteer organization that serves the community by providing musical performances in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and area communities. The SPACB is a concert band of musicians of all levels that plays a wide repertoire of music. The SPACB offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere that unites its members through their common love of music, while striving for the highest level of musicianship.

Our History

The history of the band in Sun Prairie dates all the way back to 1876, as the “Sun Prairie Cornet Band”. The band has evolved and existed in many forms through the years to present day. The City of Sun Prairie website provides more details about the history of the band, including a publication by Barbara A. Murray titled “Sun Prairie Community Bands: A Definitive Historical View 1876”. This publication includes historic photos, biographies of previous directors, old concert programs, and much more.

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Concerts in the Park - SPAC Band

Wetmore Park, 555 North St, Sun Prairie

The Sun Prairie Area Community Band kicks off their summer concert series on Tuesday, July 17 at 6 PM at Wetmore Park. The program includes a wide variety of musical styles from traditional folk music to classical pieces, some show tunes, and even a few jazz standards. As a special treat for youngsters, the band is performing “The Teddy Bears Picnic” a familiar melody composed by John Bratton, during which band members will lead kids and their teddy bears in a parade around the park.