Auburn Community Concert Band invites new members to join

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The Auburn Community Concert Band invites local musicians to join in for the start of rehearsals for the fall concert season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. Photo submitted by James Jones

The Auburn Community Concert Band invites local musicians to join in for the start of rehearsals for the fall concert season at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. Weekly rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday nights at the High Street Congregational Church, located between High and Pleasant Streets, Auburn.

This is an ideal opportunity for former high school and college musicians to rediscover the pleasure of making music and performing in front of a large audience. Membership requires a commitment to the group’s weekly schedule of Wednesday night rehearsals. Members must be able to read music and have their own instruments. Currently, the Auburn group has an immediate need for clarinettists, and people who know how to play the snare drum and/or the bass drum. All members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Currently, the ACCB has 31 members, ranging in age from their late teens to their mid-eighties. These members collectively represent a total of 12 towns in central Maine. Before joining this organization, many of the group’s volunteer musicians had last played in a school or community band about 10 to 20 years ago, according to the group’s director, Milt Simon. “New members are often nervous when they first sign up, due to the time that has passed since their last practice, Simon said. He added that “most people get their gaming skills back relatively quickly.”

The band’s annual holiday concert for this year is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14 at the Franco Center in Lewiston.

New members should email their intentions to Simon at [email protected] before attending their first rehearsal. Potential members, who are unable to attend any of the September rehearsals, will have a second opportunity to join the band during the band’s next “Open Membership Month” in January.

The organization is celebrating its 41st season after being established by Simon in 1981. Additional membership information can be found on the band’s website at www.auburncommunityband.com.


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