Every family in the Bands of Zhou Family is a band, in which the patriarch is the bandleader. The so-called "core bandleaders" refers to the people who made the outstanding contributions to the Bands in order to guide and promote the development of the whole Bands.
周敦颐（世称濂溪先生，其所著《爱莲说》闻名天下。他推崇周易和道家思想，吸取儒、释、道三家之精华，提出新的宇宙构成论，著有《太极图说》和《通书》传世，是宋明理学奠基者，人称“元公”，被世人尊为四贤、亚圣从祀文庙。元公一生酷爱莲花，故其后裔以“爱莲”为其堂号. ）第二十五世孙，据周氏《爱莲堂》族谱记载，是周家班最早有文字记载的一代大班主。Zhou Dunyi, also called Mr. Lianxi, his article "Ai Lian Shuo" is famous all over the world. He advocated the thoughts of Zhou Yi and Taoism, absorbed the essences of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, and proposed a new theory of cosmology. He was the author of "Taiji Tushuo" and "Tong Shu", and was the founder of the cosmology in Song and Ming Dynasties. Also called "Yuangong", one of "the four saints" and "the second saints"in the Temple of the Confucianism. Yuangong loved lotus in his life, so his descendants used "Ai Lian" as his name.According to the genealogy of Zhou's "Ai Lian Tang", the twentieth generation Zhou Jingzhi of Dunyi was the first generation of core leader in Band of Zhou Family.
周景芝长子。声音洪亮、体魄健壮，人称“条爷”。解放前，因打对棚得罪人，被告发有“共党嫌疑”，差点被活埋。被救后，带着儿子周怀邦、周怀荣，从苏北睢宁逃亡到灵壁菠林村。他身上有功夫，在陌生的他乡——灵璧菠林村开门授徒，聚集了方圆百里几十姓的唢呐班子学徒，还骑大马、带盒子枪，县长见了他，都要下马打招呼……Zhou Wenhua, his voice is strong just like his the body, often called as "Tiaoye."
Before the liberation of China, he was suspeced for being with " Communist Party" because he made an enemy for fighting and got turned in.He was almost buried alive. After being rescued, he took his son Zhou Huaibang and Zhou Huairong to flee from Suining in the north of Jiangsu Province to the Lingbibolin Village. Through teaching the music, he gathered a group of apprentices who had a few dozens different surnames.
Because of his skills, the father and son succeeded. When he was young, he got horses and guns and earned respect from the county mayor .
周文化长子，为人正派，唢呐技艺奇高，可惜英年早逝。Zhou Huaibang, the eldest son of Zhou Wenhua, a decent person,his skills are extremely high. Unfortunately, he died in an early age.
周文化次子，是个民间音乐游侠。当时家中还算殷实，他却身无分文，携一支喇叭，游历大江南北。一路行去，不管是拦车、走场子、吃饭都经常跟人用唢呐代替语言交流。他收徒弟走到哪里收到哪里，有缘就教，过段时间就换人。因此，他的影响范围较大，被称为“盖三省”。Zhou Huairong, the second son of Zhou Wenhua, is a folk music bandleader.At that time, the family was still rich, but he was very poor and he carried a suona when he travelled around .Along the way, he use the Souna to hitchhik, to perform,and to earn food and even communicate with people. Wherever he went to, he received the apprentice, and he taught people. Therefore, his influence range is huge, and he was even called the Gai San Sheng,which means "among three provinces”.
周怀邦长子。幼年习艺，十二岁领班，天赋异秉，管乐技艺出类拔萃，远近闻名，青年时便在苏鲁豫皖一带博得“喇叭王”、“金喇叭”、“民间乐王”等美誉。解放前后，在他的带领下，周家班传承有绪，乐业兴盛，民间常有“请不到周家班，男不娶女不嫁”的说法。2006年冬，他于睡梦中安详辞世，千里奔丧的徒众数百人，人人灵前祭曲一首，场面撼人心魂，催人泪下。Zhou Zhengyu is the eldest son of Zhou Huaibang. He started practicing when he was a child, at age of 12, he begun to lead the band, he was so talented and intimate, and with outstanding skills of the music, he become famous. When he was young, he won the reputation of "Trumpet King", "Golden Trumpet" and "Folk Music King" in Suzhou, Shandong, Shanxi, and Anhui. Near before and after liberation of China, under his leadership, band of Zhou Family passed on in order and the music industry flourished. People often said that "with the absence of bands of the Zhou family, you would not have a proper wedding ." In the winter of 2006, he passed away peacefully in his sleep. Hundreds of people mourned from thousands of miles, everyone sung, and the atmosphere was tearful.