Friday, September 28, 2018

Help Us Commemorate a Major Milestone

Jean Patterson, Chairperson of the Concord Band 60th Anniversary Season Celebration Committee, began planning for the celebratory year in the spring of 2018. All Band members were asked how they wanted to mark the 60th season. Celebration Committee members Yvonne Wilson, June Grace, Liz Irvin and Dave Purinton reviewed the suggestions that were received and recommended a variety of celebration ideas.

The Committee worked with Dan Diamond to create a 60th Anniversary logo that will be used throughout the anniversary season. To celebrate the band’s early history of marching in Concord’s Patriots’ Day parade, a special concert is being arranged with the Town of Concord as part of Concord’s Patriot’s Day events. The Committee is also organizing a 60th Anniversary dinner for Band members.

Other Band committees have been planning for the special season as well. The Concord Band Board of Trustees has been supportive in guiding all planned activities. The Commissioning Committee (Liz Irvin, Charlie Learoyd, Dan Diamond, and James O’Dell) commissioned a new fanfare by Roger Cichy and a new major work by Andrew Boysen, Jr., both to be premiered at the Winter Concert on March 2, 2019. Music Director James O’Dell has also programmed many musical pieces with special relevance to the Concord Band’s long history. He has also invited honorary Concord Band member Amanda Carr and American Idol alumnus John Stevens to headline the Spring Pops concerts on April 12 and 13.

We are looking forward to the participation of Music Director Emeritus Dr. William G. McManus at the Winter Concert, which will also involve Band alumni.

The Concord Band has a long history to celebrate. We can’t fit it all into a single anniversary concert, so expect a full and exciting 60th Anniversary Season!

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