AUBURN – January marks the Auburn Community Concert Band’s annual open membership period. All musicians who wish to participate in the band’s summer concert performances have until Wednesday, Jan. 28, to join the group and start participating in weekly rehearsals.
The concert band has an immediate need for flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, French horn and tuba players, along with percussionists who can read music.
The 45-member performing group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday from January through May. Weekly rehearsals take place at the High Street Congregational Church, located between High and Pleasant streets. Musicians must have their own instrument and music stand and be able to commit to most of the Wednesday evening rehearsals.
From mid-June through late August, the band presents weekly Wednesday evening concerts. Weather permitting, these free, 75-minute performances take place at Festival Plaza in downtown Auburn.
Starting this summer, indoor concerts will take place at the Franco Center in Lewiston during inclement weather. A different selection of music is featured each week, appealing to audiences both young and old.
The 2015 summer concert series is expected to begin on June 17 and run through Aug. 26.
This summer will mark the organization’s 34th season. Director Milt Simon formed the group in 1981 to offer musicians, who had once been members of their high school and college bands, an opportunity to continue using and improving their performance skills. Members of the ACCB currently range in age from 15 to 90, and represent some 15 central Maine towns. Membership is open to anyone knowing how to play a wind or percussion instrument.
Before joining the ACCB, many of the group’s volunteer musicians had last played their instruments anywhere from 10 to 40 years ago, according to Simon.
“New members are often nervous when they attend their first few rehearsals, because of the length of time since they last held and played their instrument.” Simon added that most people regain their former musical skills within a short period of time. “It’s like riding a bike; once you have learned how to do it, you never forget.” He stated that the opportunity to perform in front of audiences numbering 300 to 400 people on a weekly basis is typically quite appealing to both amateur and experienced musicians.
Additional information about the group is posted on the band’s website, www.auburncommunityband.com.
Interested musicians are asked to call Simon at 782-3917 prior to attending their first rehearsal.