In-depth look at Maine’s community concert bands. These bands, mostly composed of amateur musicians who play for no pay, are seeing a decrease in their ranks, as older musicians pass away and fewer younger ones are stepping up. The author examines what Maine’s roughly 37 bands have in common and discusses her own experience playing alto sax in the Midcoast Community Band. Some of the bands that are thriving include the Italian Heritage Band of Portland, which has gained 10 new members under the age of 30 in the past two years, and the Bangor Band, with its 50 members. Cassie Dove, the director of the Sacopee Valley Community Band, has been successful in cultivating young music lovers, but still struggles to attract players in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.
Praderio, Caroline, "Band Together" (2014). Maine News Index - Down East Magazine. 4214.