Conductor and Director Milt Simon
The Auburn Community Concert Band is celebrating its 40th 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 2021, summer concerts are scheduled for July 7th through August 25th. Concert times are 7:00 to 8:15 p.m., and ample free parking is available in the parking garage across the street. Due to the pandemic, there is no indoor location for this summer. In the case of inclement weather, a message will be posted on this website announcing whether or not that evening's performance has been cancelled.
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 15, 2021 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. For the first several seasons, audiences at their summer concerts numbered from 50 to 75 people.
Today, the band has the commitment of over 50 volunteer musicians ranging in age from their mid-teens to early 90s, and representing as many as 16 central southern, and coastal Maine communities.
And now...the band's summer outdoor concerts typically attract an average of 300 to 350 people each week, with some 400 to 450 people usually in attendance at the ban's annual holiday concert!