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41st Band Concert Season About To Start

AUBURN, ME (June 21, 2022) — The Auburn Community Concert Band, under the direction of Milt Simon, will kick off its annual summer series of weekly outdoor evening concerts at Festival Plaza in downtown Auburn on Wednesday, July 6th.

The 7:00 p.m. performance is the first of 8 free concerts scheduled for this Main Street location. The concerts will continue weekly on Wednesday evenings through August 24th, weather permitting. There will be no rain location this summer due to COVID-19 concerns. In the case of inclement weather, that evening’s concert will be cancelled, and an announcement will be posted on the band’s website at

This year marks the organization’s 41st anniversary. Founded by director Milt Simon in the Fall of 1981, the group has varied in size from 24 to over 50 members. This season’s 31 volunteer musicians range in age from late teens to early 80’s, and collectively represent a total of 12 Maine communities.

Simon stated that the organization “gives many individuals a chance to utilize musical talents neglected since their high school or college days, and the entire community benefits.” He added that the Auburn group “is one of the larger community bands in the state of Maine, and often attracts over 300 people to its weekly concerts.” The City of Auburn has partnered with the group since its inception.

Each Wednesday evening throughout July and August, the band will present a 75-minute program featuring popular hit songs from the 60’s through the present. Simon predicts that the group’s repertoire of songs will appeal to audiences of all ages. “If you have a favorite song that’s been heard on the radio or in the movies, chances are good that our band will perform it sometime during the upcoming 8-week concert series”, Simon said.

People planning to attend any of the Wednesday evening performances at Festival Plaza should bring their own lawn chair on which to sit, and are advised to arrive well before the 7:00 p.m. concert start time, as large audiences are again expected this summer. Ample free parking is available in the parking garage located across the street from the Plaza. The City has placed porta potties alongside the garage for use during the concert season.

For more information, visit the band’s web site at

The members of this summer’s concert band are:

FLUTE: Hannah Abbott, Sharon Blodgett, Barbara Jabaut, Julie Mann, River Stickney

CLARINET: Denise Leavitt, Patti Pelletier, Rick Rau, Louise Theberge

BASSOON: Hayden Pelletier

ALTO SAXOPHONES: Steve Allman, David Griswold

TENOR SAXOPHONE: Angela Greenwald

BARITONE SAX: Jason Toussaint

TRUMPETS: Alisson Morin, Maurice Morin, Nancy Morris

FRENCH HORNS: Stephanie Burke, Paul Mann, Denise Tabet

TROMBONES: Sonny Begin, Mark Jacobs, Chip Morrison, Allison Neal, Tom Nelson

BARITONES: Hadley Blodgett

TUBAS: Gabrielle Cyr, Duncan Webster

PERCUSSION: Shelley Rau, Laurie Swart, Mitch Thomas

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