February 22, 2018  

" . . . a true community band . . ."

Summer-Fall 2016 Appearances Minimize

Sat., June 24th - 6:15 p.m.
R.B. Hall Day
Freeport Discovery Park
Freport, Maine

Mon., July 3rd - 7:30 p.m.
Independence Eve Concert
Patriotic Medley
Bridgton Bandstand
Followed by Fireworks

Tues., July 4th - 12 Noon
Bridgton's Independence Day Parade
(Lineup at 11:15 p.m.)

Wed., July 5th - 7:30 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Wed., July 12th - 7:30 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Wed., July 19th - 7:30 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Wed., July 26th - 7:30 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Sat., July 29th - 2:00 p.m.
Casco Days Parade
(Lineup at 1:15 p.m.)

Wed., August 2nd - 7:30 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Wed., August 9th - 7:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday, BCB
Bridgton Bandstand

79th Band Birthday Party
with cake following concert!

Sat., October 7th - 10:00 a.m.
Grand Parade
Fryeburg Fairgrounds

Note: Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton from the first Monday in May, through mid-August. There will be no rehearsals on Monday, May 29th or Monday, July 3rd.




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Our Conductors - 2017 Season Minimize

For the 2017 season replacing Natasha Proctor, who has served as the Band's Conductor for eighteen years, will be a team of four new conductors: Steven Sweetsir (who plays French horn with us) and John Knox (who plays lead trumpet in the Westbrook City Band) are looking to fill the conductor's position for 2018 and hopefully beyond. Also helping to fill in all of our commitments will be Cassie Dove (who plays clarinet with us) and George Weiss (who plays trombone with us). All are accomplished musicians and have had extensive experience in conducting.

Steve Sweetsir PhotoSteven B. Sweetsir is a graduate of The New England Conservatory of Music with a bachelor of music performance and a master of music from Ithaca College. Steven grew up in a musical family in Portland, Maine. His grandfather, Arthur H. Stevens, was a bandmaster and first horn in the Portland Symphony. His mother, Agnes (also a member of the Bridgton Community Band) was the second horn in the Portland Symphony for many years

Steven and his wife Colleen were both members of the US Coast Guard Band in New London, CT and were both active players and conductors. Steven is the music director and chief conductor of the Delaware Valley Wind Symphony which is a professional level group based in Pennsylvania. He is also the founding director and conductor of the Fanfare Winds, a 45 piece advanced high school aged ensemble that is part of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (PA).

Steven also plays horn in several orchestras and is active in chamber music and as a soloist in the greater Philadelphia area. Steve and Colleen own a home in Bridgton and spend summers here. Playing with the Bridgton Community Band is a source of great enjoyment every summer. Last year they were joined by the rest of their horn playing family in a concert by his sister Lynn, daughter Erin along with his mother - making a total of 5 family horn players!

Cassie Dove PhotoCassie Dove comes from a non-traditional music conductor background. As a young musician she mastered the violin at an early age, played many woodwinds and, of course, fell in love with conducting. Days before leaving for college as a music major in performance and conducting, she joined the Coast Guard (much to the surprise of everyone that knew her). She retired from the Cost Guard after years of coordinating Search and Rescue, mostly here on the coast of Maine. She continued playing music through her years in the Coast Guard, and after retirement found her niche in education. Instead of Music Education, Cassie teaches at the collegiate level in Communications, English and Technology and is currently finishing her PhD in Education which focuses on helping our Veterans in Maine. Ten years ago she was approached by some local musical friends to start a community band in the Hiram area. That was the beginning of the Sacopee Valley Community Band, where she is still the director and conductor. While the Sacopee Valley Community Band is smaller and much younger than the Bridgton Community Band, they are a true community band giving back to the Sacopee Schools in the Hiram/Cornish area. Her 'other band' sends EVERY 4th grader to see the Portland Symphony every year and purchases needed instruments for the Sacopee Band programs. Cassie will conduct the R.B. Hall Day Concert on June 24th and the band concert on July 19th.

John Knox PhotoJohn Knox, born and raised in Saco, began playing trumpet at age 10 and continues to play in a number of community bands. His trumpet teacher, John Trull of Old Orchard, encouraged him to join Painchaud's Band in Biddeford while attending Thornton Academy providing him with the opportunity to play with many accomplished musicians in York County. John attended the University of Southern Maine at Gorham as a music education major. He always kept a trumpet close at hand and became associated with the Kora Shrine band as well as several other community bands - Westbrook, Chandler's, Bridgton and Portland Commandery, serving as its director for several years. Trumpet performance is his first love, and he looks forward to assisting the Bridgton Band as it continues its rich heritage of providing great family entertainment through the summer months. John will conduct the band concert on July 12th and August 2nd.

George WeiseGeorge Wiese is the Executive Director of Mountain Top Music Center in Conway, NH, a position he has held since 2011. He is a versatile musician who is equally at home in the roles of performer and educator. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, George enjoys a diverse musical career as a conductor, trombonist, pianist and teacher. As a conductor, George is currently Music Director of the Mount Washington Valley Choral Society and the Moosehead Region Community Chorus. From 2007-2009 he served as the Artistic Director of the Chamber Orchestra of Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, MD, during which time he was also an assistant on the staff of Concert Artists of Baltimore. In 2009 George was Music Director of the Chicago Summer Repertory Workshop, where in six days he conducted the nine symphonies of Beethoven, the twelve "London" Symphonies of Haydn, and the seven late symphonies of Mozart. From 2009-2011 George was the Assistant Conductor of the Southern Maine Symphony. Since 2004 George has enjoyed guest conducting many orchestras and chamber ensembles, and numerous theatrical productions. The only child of a trumpet-playing father and French horn-playing mother, George excelled at the trombone early, and began to play professionally at age 13. His free-lance trombone playing has been the source of great adventure. As a pianist, George finds particular joy in collaboration. He has been a choral accompanist in Europe, a theater accompanist in New York, and a classical accompanist in New England. George will conduct our band concert on August 9th.

About the Band Minimize

Notes from the July 18, 2007 Concert Program:

When I first moved to Bridgton in 1968, I believe I recall seeing the Band playing outside near Reny’s. Of course, when it rained, the concert would have to be cancelled. That all changed when the band concerts moved to the Gazebo in 1976; the Band played rain or shine! Thus, the inauguration of the drive-up concerts; when it would rain, people would stay in their cars, roll down the windows, and honk their horns in applause! In fact, some were so comfortable with this that they would remain in their cars even when the weather was fair.

Our audiences consist of town folks and summer visitors and interestingly, so do the Band members; local band members are from Southwestern Maine and Southeastern N.H., but we have musicians from Florida, N.Y., California, and Massachusetts to name a few states.   In the past, some of the campers from the music Camp Encore/Coda have also sat in on concerts. All the musicians are very dedicated and perform principally because of their love of music and the comradeship with other players.

The Town of Bridgton does “sponsor” the Band, providing funds for costs such as uniforms, music, lighting, and maintenance of the Gazebo Bandstand. They have always been very cooperative in that regard. The Gazebo, by the way, is in need of replacing and enlarging . It is 30 years old and there have been as many as 42 musicians on that relatively small platform! We are actively pursuing suggestions for where a new Gazebo might be located. Any ideas in this regard, can be forwarded to Ron Hatch at 647-2620 or email to brookebonay@yahoo.com.

“We are a true community band”, says former band conductor Dick Albert, who now plays either clarinet or drums, depending on where he might be needed on a particular evening. The Band welcomes all players to rehearsals; we have younger players who are still learning their instruments, and we have adults of all ages join us who might not have played for years!

The Bridgton Community Band thanks all of you loyal fans (and newcomers too) for attending our concerts and sharing the love and enjoyment of music that we play!

2016 Steering Committee Minimize

President - Dick Albert

Secretary - Randa Viitala

Manager Lars Viitala

Treasurer - Tom Ackley

Quartermaster - Lonnie Lauer

Publicity - Ginny Halligan and Carolyn Stanhope


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