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Strike Up the Band

Monson band on parade, 1939

Monson band on parade, 1939

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Monson Historical Society

By the last decades of the twentieth century, town bands began making a comeback as community bands.

They offered a place where people who had played in high school or college bands to continue their musical experience.

Sources: Gordon W. Bowie, "R. B. Hall and the Community Bands of Maine," dissertation, University of Maine, 1993.

"Director of Chandler's Band Marched With Outfit in First Street Parade," Portland Sunday Telegram, July 16, 1939

"Chandler's Band, Well-Known Unit Commemorating 100th Birthday This Year," Portland Sunday Telegram, August 16, 1942.

"William E. Chandler, Noted Portland Musician, Dies," Portland Press Herald, May 15, 1922.

David R. Proper, "A Joyful Noise, 'Sounding Brass and Tinkling Cymbal': The Late Nineteenth-Century New England Town Band," in The Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife Annual Proceedings 1996, 160-175.

Barbara Merrill Fox, Lest We Forget: Band Stands of Maine, An Illustrated History.Bar Harbor, Maine: Foxrun Associates, 2003.