"I felt it was time to turn it over," said Lawrence Anderson later this week. "We're just taking a less active role."
He had told the band members at their last practice and they surprised him with a huge plaque and photo of the band. Mayor Newell Arnerich presented him with a proclamation from the Town of Danville.
"Larry is going to be artistic director," said Jan Anderson. "He will direct from time to time and play the clarinet in the band."
The Andersons founded the band in 2001 after they moved to Danville and felt it needed a community band. Anderson, a native of Lafayette, had previously been Director of Bands at UC Davis.
The Christmas concert last week drew more than 750 people, said Jan Anderson, the biggest ever except for when the band performed "That's Entertainment!" at the Lesher Center for the Arts in June.
Associate Conductor Robert Calonico is the new director of the Danville Community Band. He is also Director of Bands at UC Berkeley.
"It's been a fun ride for us but we're tired," said Jan Anderson. "We want to travel more, do some personal things, while we're still young enough."