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Bangor Band launches 153rd season June 14 at Bangor Public Library

By Joni Averill

Our historic Bangor Band, one of the oldest continuously performing community bands in the country, opens its 153rd season at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Bangor Public Library on Harlow Street.

Under the leadership of its conductor, Dr. Fred Goldrich of Trenton, the band has 10 free concerts on its program for the 2011 season, including what could be considered two “historic” ones or, at the very least, concerts of note.

Band member Bob Pentland of Lamoine, who plays the euphonium, said the Bangor Band’s final concerts at the bandstand behind the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street and in front of the Bangor Auditorium, will be in July.

Bob wants readers to know the band has been informed that, “due to the upcoming demolition of the old Bangor Auditorium, and construction of the new Auditorium, the bandstand will be removed on or about July 8.”

“The concerts scheduled for July 4th and July 5th will be our final two concerts at the bandstand location,” he said.

“Consequently, we will be moving around the city to play” the remainder of the 2011 schedule.

Bob said staff of Bangor Parks and Recreation Department “has graciously given us permission to play several concerts on the large production stage” at the Bangor Waterfront, and that any necessary updates on the band’s summer schedule, or venue changes, will be available at the band’s website,

As always, Bob reminds concert attendees that you should bring your own lawn chairs for comfort, and that you should check that website in case of inclement weather and the band has to move to an indoor venue which, at this time, apparently has not been decided upon.

As for the music you will enjoy, Bob wrote that conductor Goldrich has the band offering programs that will feature everything from popular marches to show tunes, light classical pieces and a variety of foot-tapping music.

And, from time to time, the band will have featured soloists and duets.

Noting that “we are the oldest continuous community band in New England,” Bob wrote the band members “take great pride in presenting quality concert band music” for the enjoyment of Bangor area audiences throughout the summer. He also said the band takes pride in “representing the city of Bangor, musically, at some out-of-town parades and concerts.”

Considering this is the Bangor Band, it is remarkable that its members, who range in age from 15 to their mid-80s, are willing to travel great distances to be part of this organization, because only 13 of the 54 are Bangor residents.

The band also includes five residents of both Old Town and Hampden and three members from each of the following communities: Orono, East Levant, Orrington and Orland, one of whom is a summer resident from Milwaukee.

The band also boasts two members each from Trenton, Stetson and Howland, and one member of the band represents each of the following towns: Bradley, Brewer, Bucksport, Deer Isle, Ellsworth, Fairfield, Holden, Lamoine, Levant, Lincoln, Medway, Winterport and Gales Ferry, Conn.

The Bangor Band’s 2011 summer schedule, after the first concert, is 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Bandstand; 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28 at Fairmount Park; 7 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the Bandstand; Tuesday, July 5, at the Bandstand; 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, Bangor Waterfront; 7 p.m Tuesday, July 19, Bangor Waterfront; 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 17th annual Neighborhood Block Party, Chapin Park; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, Cascade Park; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, the concert finale at the Bangor Waterfront.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402;; 990-8288.

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