Meet Maine’s Community Bands

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In our July 2014 issue, we explored the culture of Maine’s community concert bands. Here, we offer a calendar of their summer performances, listed alphabetically by band name. Plus, hear performances from select bands by following the links provided. For more information on each group, click on the band’s name to visit its website. Please note that performance dates, times, and locations may change, and that this listing is not complete. Band leaders who’d like to add their information to this listing: please send an email to [email protected].

Alumni Band

Biddeford

Click here to hear the Alumni Band marching.

June 27: LaKermesse Franco Americaine Festival parade, Biddeford. 6 p.m.
June 28: LaKermesse France Americaine Festival concert, Biddeford. 8 p.m.
July 2: Southridge Rehabilitation & Living Center, 173 South St., Biddeford. 6:30 p.m.
July 8: Wardell Neighborhood concert, 43 Middle St., Saco. 6:30 p.m.
July 15: Deering Oaks, Portland. 7 p.m.
July 18: Yarmouth Clam Festival parade, Yarmouth. 6 p.m.
July 19: Alfred Festival Day parade, Alfred. 10 a.m.
July 31: Seal Rock Healthcare, 88 Harbor Dr., Saco. 6:30 p.m.
August 5: St. Andre Health Care Facility, 407 Pool St. Biddeford. 6:30 p.m.
August 12: Gorham House, 50 New Portland Rd., Gorham. 6:30 p.m.
August 19: Maine Veterans’ Home, 209 U.S. Rte. 1, Scarborough. 6:30 p.m.

Auburn Community Concert Band

June 18, 25; July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20: Festival Plaza, Auburn. (Rain location: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn.) 7 p.m.

Bangor Band

Click here to hear the Bangor Band perform “On a Hymnsong of Lowell Mason,” arranged by David Holsinger.

June 17, 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22; August 5, 12: Bangor waterfront. 7 p.m.
July 4: Pickering Square, Bangor. 7 p.m.
July 29: Chapin Park, Bangor. 6:45 p.m.

Bath Municipal Band

Click here to hear the Bath Municipal Band play “Begin the Beguine” by Cole Porter.

June 20, 27; August 8, 15, 22: Bath gazebo. 7 p.m.
July 8: Deering Oaks Park, Portland. 7 p.m.
July 11: Moxie Festival, Lisbon. 7:30 p.m.
July 23: Pemaquid Point Lighthouse Park, 3119 Bristol Rd., New Harbor. 7 p.m.
July 26: Squirrel Island. 6:45 p.m.
August 6: Fort Popham, Popham Rd., Phippsburg. 7 p.m.
August 9: Wings Over Wiscasset. Wiscasset Municipal Airport, 96 Chewonki Neck Rd., Wiscasset. 1 p.m.

Bay Winds North Wind Ensemble

Rockland

Click here to hear Bay Winds North play “Lady Gaga Dance Mix,” arranged by Ted Ricketts.

June 21: Summer Solstice Street Fair, Rockland. 4 p.m.
July 4: Fourth of July parade, Thomaston. 11 a.m.
July 13: Woolen Mill Park, Warren. 2 p.m.
July 23: Amity Masonic Lodge, 361 Main St., Rockport. 6 p.m.
August 2: Maine Lobster Festival parade, Rockland. 10 a.m.
August 3: Maine Lobster Festival mainstage concert, Rockland. 1:30 p.m.
August 17: Sail Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St., Rockland. 3 p.m.
August 29: Camden Windjammer Days. 6 p.m.

Boothbay Region Community Band

June 24: Boothbay Harbor Region Windjammer Days, Whale Park, Boothbay Harbor. 5 p.m.
June 25: Boothbay Harbor Region Windhammer Days parade. 4 p.m.
July 4: Fourth of July parade, Boothbay center.

Brewer Hometown Band

June 5, 26; July 17, 31: Brewer Auditorium, 318 Wilson St., Brewer.

Bridgton Community Band

July 3, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13: Bridgton Bandstand. 7:30 p.m.
July 4: Bridgton Fourth of July parade.
July 26: Casco Days parade. 1 p.m.

Casco Bay Concert Band

Portland

July 1: Summer Concert Series, Gorham Gazebo. 6:30 p.m.

Castine Town Band

July 4: Town common. 4 p.m.
July 18, August 1: Town common. 6 p.m.
August 15: Wilson Museum, 120 Perkins St., Castine. 6 p.m.
August 29: Town common. 5:45 p.m.

Centennial Brass Band

Portland

July 4: Pierce House, 204 Main St., Farmington. 12 p.m.

Cherryfield Band

June 28: Cherryfield Days parade. 11 a.m.

Ellsworth Concert Band

July 9, 16 23, 30; August 6, 13: City Hall, 1 City Hall Ave., Ellsworth. 8 p.m.

Hallowell Community Band

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28: Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, 4 Oak St., Boothbay Harbor. 7:30 p.m.
July 4: Fourth of July parade, Augusta. 4 p.m.
July 19: Old Hallowell Day parade. 10 a.m.
July 26: Richmond Days parade, 10 a.m.
August 2: Maine Lobster Festival parade, Rockland. 10 a.m.

Harpswell Concert Band

June 19, July 31, August 28: Harpswell Bandstand, 1410 Harpswell Neck Rd., Harpswell. 6 p.m.

HJ Crosby Community Band

Dexter

June 24, July 29: Dexter gazebo. 6:30 p.m.
July 1: Kings Cumming Park, Guilford. 6:30 p.m.
July 8: Community Building Park, Monson. 6:30 p.m.
July 12: Concert at the Dam, Big Indian Lake, St. Albans. 5 p.m.
July 17: Pittsfield Egg Festival. 6:30 p.m.
July 22: Corinna Bandstand. 6:30 p.m.
August 12: Concert at the Dam, Big Indian Lake, St. Albans. 6:30 p.m.
August 16: Greenville Railroad Depot, Pritham Ave., Greenville. 1 p.m.
August 21: Piscataquis County Fair, Fairview Ave., Dover-Foxcroft. 6:30 p.m.

Italian Heritage Center Concert Band

Portland

Click here to hear the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band play “Strike Up the Band” by George and Ira Gershwin (arranged by Warren Parker).

July 1, 29: Deering Oaks Park, Portland. 7 p.m.
July 9: 100 State St., Portland. 7 p.m.
July 20: The Temple at Ocean Park, 14 Temple Ave., Ocean Park. 7 p.m.
July 24: Atrium at the Cedars, 630 Ocean Ave., Portland. 6:30 p.m.
July 25: Bath Gazebo. 7 p.m.
August 3: The Woods at Canco, 257 Canco Rd., Portland. 3 p.m.
August 16: St. Peter’s Bazaar & Festival, Portland. 4 p.m.

 

Lincolnville Band

June 17: Lincolnville Bandstand. 7 p.m.
July 4: Fourth of July parade, Thomaston. 11 a.m.
July 12: Strawberry Festival, Lincolnville. 10 a.m.
July 19: Union Founders Day parade and concert. 10:30 a.m.
August 2: Maine Lobster Festival. 11 a.m.

McGill’s Community Band

Houlton

June 12, 19, 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14: Houlton Amphitheatre at Monument Park. 7 p.m.
August 21: Houlton High School Auditorium, 7 Bird St., Houlton. 7 p.m.

Merrymeeting Community Band

Topsham

July 17: Harpswell bandstand. 6 p.m.
July 31: Waterfront park, Bowdoinham. 6 p.m.
August 1: Library park, Bath. 7 p.m.
August 5: Thornton Oaks Retirement Living Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick. 7 p.m.
August 7: The Highlands, 30 Governor’s Way, Topsham. 7 p.m.

Midcoast Community Band

Thomaston

July4: Thomaston parade. 11 a.m.
July 4: Camden Amphiteatre, 55 Main St., Camden. 3:30 p.m.
July 19: St. George Days concert. Odd Fellows Hall, 7 Watts Ave., Tenants Harbor. 1 p.m.
July 26: Friendship Days parade and concert.
August 6: Quadricentennial Celebration, Monhegan Island.
August 10: Concert, South Thomaston. 1:30 p.m.
August 17: Warren bandstand. 2 p.m.

R.B. Hall Memorial Band

Oakland

Click here to hear the R.B. Hall Memorial Band play the spiritual “Down By the Riverside.”

July 15, August 12: Ice Cream Social for Oakland Historical Society. 25 Main St., Oakland. 6:30 p.m.

Photo: Amy Wilton

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  • Loren Peters

    You should let your readers know that this list is not all the community bands in Maine. There are nearly forty across the state that I know of.