Bangor Band to Wrap Up Outdoor Summer Concert Season
The summer concert season is just about to wrap up for the Bangor Band. The last outdoor performance is Tuesday, August 12th. And a lot of firsts have made it a season to remember.Thanks to the weather, the Bangor Band started its season inside, at the Bangor Public Library. Band members hope to end it, though, right where they say they belong – out in the open, on the Bangor Waterfront. “This season, as far as I’m concerned, is probably one of our better seasons,” says 60-year band member, Bill Miller. Miller says he thinks the city has really gotten use to the idea of the Bangor Band playing every Tuesday night, all summer long. “We have a following that no matter where we are, there’s a core group of people that show up. Then we hope there’s some more besides that. And we’ve had the more besides that here at this venue.”The band started playing on the waterfront for the first time this season.First-year conductor Curvin “Chip” Farnham says the backdrop adds to the atmosphere the group’s trying to create. “We’ve had, when we’ve played outside, very large numbers in the audience, a very receptive audience and it’s been a joy, really, to perform this summer.”Band member Amanda Cushman says, “It’s a great place to bring your kids because I love playing and watching the little ones dancing and conducting at the same time. And I have to make sure to pay attention to the conductor, instead of the kids!”Band members say they hope the combination of a new venue and conductor continues to draw a new audience for years to come. Valerie Carter says, “It’s a part of who Bangor is, it’s a part of what makes Bangor a coherent community. It’s a lot of fun, it’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun playing with people who really care about music. “The concert starts at 7 p.m. It’ll be in between the Sea Dog Restaurant and the Waterfront Concert Stage.Admission is free, but donations are welcome. In case the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concert will move to Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School.