"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."
- Billy Joel
The Artistic Vision
Maestro Damien Crutcher
Music Director and Conductor
Damien Crutcher is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Cass Technical High School. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University, where he studied conducting with Professor Ken Bloomquist and Dr. Ronnie Wooten. He later accepted a fellowship to study conducting at the University of Michigan with Professor H. Robert Reynolds. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Detroit and Executive Director of Progression, Inc. - dedicated to working with young musicians in the city of Detroit. Now in his 14th season as director of the FCB Concert Band, Maestro Crutcher continues to challenge the group and is effectively leading the FCB into the next generation of its fine musical legacy.