Founded in 1977 as part of the Okemos (MI) Community education program, the band became an independent, non-profit [paragraph 501(c)3] organization in 1983. Its prupose is to provide metropolitan Lansing area musicians a forum for community service and musical expression. Membership is open to adults with high school-level playing experience on a non-auditioned basis.
 
The band's season runs from Labor Day through the Fourth of July and offers its members five sessions in which to participate. Each session has its own unique focus concert(s):  

Autumn:    Annual Grand Sousa Concert

Holiday:     Traditional holiday music

Festival:     Annual Red Cedar Festival of Community Bands

Spring:       Annual Spring Concert

Summer:    Music in the Park Series, band shell concerts

The band performs twelve to fifteen concerts per season in a wide variety of settings. Our outreach concerts are designed to bring music to the elderly and infirm while our community service concerts provide music for commencement ceremonies and other civic functions.

Several years ago an enterprising group of civic-minded residents, led by Ed Gillespie, undertook a project to build a band shell in Lake Lansing Park South that provides the band with a summer home for concerts in the park. Working with the Ingham County Parks Commission, the band shell opened for performances beginning in June 6, 2003.

Where in the world is Okemos, Michigan?

Okemos (pronounced by the locals as OAK-a-muss) is a suburban Lansing community located about six miles southeast of the State Capitol in Meridian Township (Ingham County). Meridian Township (from which the band takes its name) has a population of about 39,000 and is divided into two unincorporated places - Haslett in the northeast and Okemos in the southeast. Meridian Township is named for the Michigan Meridian, the north-south reference line established prior to statehood, from which all lands in the state are surveyed. The Red Cedar River (after which the band has named its annual community band festival) bisects the township from east to west.