Farmington Concert Band will close the season at Riley Park

What is happening: On Monday, July 25, the Farmington Concert Band is about to wrap up its 56th season at Riley Park in downtown Farmington. Closing out their season in downtown Farmington is a tradition that began about five years ago, says Jim Liska, clarinetist and band vice president of marketing and communications, and one that FCB is excited to continue.

Why it matters: “It’s important to have that connection to Farmington and it’s an ideal setting and location. It’s a wonderful place and so intimate, and we always have a huge crowd with lots of families and kids,” Liska says. “Last year our bandleader even let some of the kids come up and help lead the band during ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’.”

What is planned: The community concert at Riley Park is fun for FCB, Liska says, where the band likes to mix up their set, with “the more serious songs,” as he puts it, balanced with more familiar songs. There will be music from movies like the recent Disney movie ‘Encanto’, ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’, as well as popular songs from Motown and The Beatles. The concert runs from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25 at Riley Park and is free and open to the public.

FCB renamed: This concert season is the first that the FCB gives as Farmington Concert Band; it was founded as the Farmington Community Band in 1966. The name change better reflects the quality of performance, Liska says. It also represents a fresh start for the band, which has been in a bit of a rebuilding mode since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Before the pandemic, the FCB had more than 90 musicians. They currently have over 60 musicians and are working to add more.

What they say : “The new name more accurately represents the kind of band we are. Words are important, he says. “A community group can be made up of 10 people. A concert band is more accurate; we play at a very high level. I don’t mean to brag, but we’re one of the best live bands in the state and we strive for it.

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