BANGOR, Maine – The Bangor Band, believed to be the nation’s second-oldest community band, will celebrate its 150th anniversary Monday night with a concert at the Bangor Opera House.
The concert is free, band president Lori Wingo said, but any donations will go in part for the band’s scholarship fund.
Wingo said the concert will feature music from the band’s century-and-a-half history, as well as presentations of commendations from the Bangor City Council and others.
The State of Maine recognized January as Bangor Band Month because it was founded that month. The band’s first concert was held in February 1859.
One highlight of the evening, Wingo said, will be a musical piece using a gold cornet given in the 1880s to R.B. Hall, a composer and renowned cornet soloist. Hall left Bangor in 1886 and took the cornet with him to Waterville, where it went to that city’s historical society after Hall’s death. The Waterville Historical Society shipped it to Bangor last week to be used in the concert and then displayed at the Bangor Public Library.
The Bangor Band is directed by Fred Goldrich.
For more information on the Bangor Band, go to www.bangorband.org