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For Immediate Release

Concord Band Receives IBM Grant

CONCORD, MA May 9, 2004 — The Concord Band recently received a $1,000 grant from IBM Corporation. Yvonne Wilson Dailey, Concord Band clarinetist and Board member, is an IBM employee. Ms. Wilson Dailey applied for the grant through the IBM Funds for Community Service program. The program recognizes and encourages the involvement of IBM employees and retirees as volunteers in their community.

The grant enabled the Concord Band to purchase a new 32 inch Ludwig fiberglass kettle drum. The Concord Band will debut the new drum at the opening of its summer concert series at Fruitlands Museums, Harvard, MA on June 24, 2004.

The Concord Band, founded in 1959, 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. Its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts, are attended by more than 10,000 people each year. The band's Music Director is Dr. William G. McManus.

The people surrounding the new kettle drum in the photo are members of the Concord Band percussion section, Music Director Bill McManus, Concord Band clarinetist and IBM employee Yvonne Wilson Dailey. In the photo from left to right: Dan Diamond, Music Director Bill McManus, Ken Troup, Neil Tischler, Buck Grace, Yvonne Wilson Dailey, and Steve Polit.

For additional information, contact Yvonne Dailey, Concord Band Publicity. Visit our website at

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