The Auburn Community Concert Band is celebrating its 41st 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 2022, summer concerts are scheduled for July 6th through August 24th, weather permitting. 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 by 5:00 p.m., announcing the status of that evening's performance.
Each Wednesday evening performance offers a different program of music. Each weekly program always includes well-known hit songs from the 60's to the present, making the band concerts popular with both young and old.
A free holiday concert is offered to the public each December. This year's performance is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, or Wednesday, December 21, 2022. The concert will take place inside the Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston.
Regarding membership, the band typically gets a commitment from some 30 - 50 volunteer musicians, who range in age from their mid-teens to their late 80s and represent as many as 16 central, southern and coastal Maine communities. The band's summer outdoor concerts typically attract an average of 300 people each week, and some 400 - 450 people are usually in attendance at the band's annual holiday concert!
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. In late Fall of 1981, Simon proposed the formation of a community band to the City of Auburn's Parks & Recreation Department. He has been leading the band ever since, with the City of Auburn continuing as a supporting sponsor of the organization for 41 consecutive years!
OUR DIRECTOR - Milt Simon