The Band was founded in 1983. An advertisement was placed in the local newspaper announcing that anyone who played in a high school, college, or military band and would like to do it one more time, were asked to meet at a local high school for a rehearsal. About 60 musicians showed up along with some auxiliary to round out the group. Bill passed out the marching music, just two tunes, and held a rehearsal for two hours. At the end of the rehearsal Bill asked that everyone pass in their music and he would have two new tunes next week. This first group had exceeded expectations as to what the quality of the group would be. Thus, the Rounders were born and have been exceeding expectations ever since.