Conductor and Director Milt Simon
The Auburn Community Concert Band is celebrating its 36th season. Since 1982, the band has been presenting free weekly concerts in downtown Auburn throughout each summer season. These concerts take place every Wednesday evening at Festival Plaza on Main Street, one block south of Great Falls Plaza. In 2017, summer concerts are scheduled for June 14 through August 23. Concert times are 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., and ample free parking is available in the parking garage across the street. In case of inclement weather, concerts are held inside, at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.
Each Wednesday evening performance offers a different program of music, and always includes well-known songs that are popular with both young and old. A free holiday concert is offered to the public each December. This year's performance is scheduled for Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.
Conductor and Director Milt Simon is a graduate of Boston University's School of Music. He studied trumpet and conducting with members of the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony Orchestras. After moving to Maine, Mr. Simon announced the formation of the community band during the Fall of 1981, and 18 area residents responded! Most of these individuals had not played their instruments since their high school days 30 to 40 years prior. Simon named the group the Auburn Community Concert Band and, for the first several seasons, audiences at their summer concerts numbered from 50 to 75 people.
Today, the organization has the commitment of 40-45 volunteer musicians, and the band's summer outdoor concerts typically attract an average of 300 to 400 people every week. Band members range in age from their mid-teens to their late 80's. They reside in and represent some 16 central, southern and coastal Maine communities.