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Winter 2009


The Concord Band Celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a gala concert on Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM in the auditorium of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. The concert is representative of what has made the Band one of the finest community bands in the country: a widely varied program of musical styles from classical to jazz, outstanding soloists, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned piece.  Roger Cichy has written Flowing Pens from Concord based on the writings of four Concord authors: Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau, and Emerson.
Three music directors have spanned virtually the entire fifty-year history of the Band, and all three will be present to conduct parts of the concert.


50th Anniversary Gala Concert


Saturday, March 14


Acton-Boxboro Regional High School Auditorium


8:00 p.m. 36 Charter Road |  Acton, MA  01720  |   Directions


onductor William Toland 



Conductor Dr. William G.  McManus

James O'Dell, Music Director




Music Director Emeritus William Toland will return for the concert. Mr. Toland directed the Band for more than 30 years and began the Band's long tradition of commissioning new music. He will open the concert with His Honor, a march by Henry Fillmore. Mr. Toland will also conduct Satiric Dances by Norman Dello Joio, the Band's first commission. Satiric Dances has since become a staple of the concert band repertoire and is frequently performed by high school, college, and community bands throughout the world.

Dr. William G. McManus is retiring after fourteen seasons as Music Director with the Band. To mark the occasion, he has chosen to conduct Alfred Reed's Armenian Dances, which was also on the first program he conducted with the Band. Dr. McManus will also be writing a new arrangement to feature jazz vocalist Amanda Carr, a frequent soloist with the Band.  "Amanda Carr is a true jazz singer . . She sings and swings with the unaffected confidence of a genuine jazz improviser . . I've rarely heard a jazz singer fuse so naturally and pleasurably . . ." - Nat Hentoff, The Wall Street Journal.

The concert will mark the debut of the Band's new Music Director, James O'Dell, who will be conducting Malcolm Arnold's Four Scottish Dances, the Mozart Bassoon Concerto featuring Concord Band's principal bassoonist Nathaniel Hefferman, and selections from Phantom of the Opera.  A distinguished and versatile conductor, educator, and musician, Mr. O'Dell is also Associate Dean of The Boston Conservatory, and Associate and Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.

Trumpet player and composer Lewis Buckley will lead the Concord Band and its Dixieland group in Dixieland Live!, which he arranged for the Band to premiere in April 2001. Mr. Buckley is also the Music Director of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. The Band also regularly features soloists from among its many outstanding musicians. Nathaniel Hefferman, Concord Band principal bassoonist, will be the featured soloist in the first movement of Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.



  Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2009
Spring POPS

Performing Arts Center | 51 Walden Street | Concord, MA



Friday Tickets
call Joan Hale at Shoemaker & Jennings at (978) 369-1500.

Saturday Tickets
call the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary at (978) 318-0338.



  June 6, 2009
Boston Festival of Bands
Faneuil Hall, Boston  | 






March 14: Acton-Boxboro Regional High School (Acton)



April 3 and 4: Performing Arts Center (Concord)



June 6:  Boston Festival of Bands at Faneuil Hall (Boston)


About the Concord Band


The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is a 65-member community band based  at  the Performing Arts Center in Concord, MA.

James O'Dell is the Music Director.


The Concord Band  is one of the leading community concert bands in the United States. It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality of its commissioned pieces. It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year.

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Reserve your tickets for  the 50th Anniversary Concert

Tickets are $15 each ($5 for students and seniors)

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Concord Band | Box 302 | Concord | MA | 01742  |  (978) 897-9969  |