Conductor John P. Hagon, former Chair of the Music Education Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston, has served as music director and conductor of community bands for over thirty years. His long association with the Barnstable Band, the Harwich Town Band, the Cape Cod Conservatory Concert Band and the Cape Community Orchestra is well known on Cape Cod. Hagon completed a military music career of twenty-one years in January 1997, which saw 18 years as musician and conductor of the 215th Army Band of the Massachusetts National Guard including international tours in Jamaica, Greece and the Netherlands.
During recent years John has taken an interest in the importance of John Philip Sousa, his music and his band; and has led concerts recreating the programs of the world famous Sousa band, both in this country and abroad.
Th Cape Community Orchestra, formerly known as the First Congregational Church of Harwich Orchestra, was formed in 1990 to maintain and orchestra on Cape Cod for musicians of all ages who have the ability to read and perform music on the instrument of their choice. The group performs orchestral programs consisting of classical, popular, show, operatic, march and ballet music. Our members come from the entire Cape Cod area and include public school musicians as well as professional musicians. We are always looking for new members, especially strings.
The organization is supported by grants and donations received at our fall and spring concerts.