Summer Band concerts have been a tradition throughout much of New England for more than 100 years. The town of Barre has enjoyed summer concerts since the early part of the 20th century with the Community Band.
The Band started as the Barre Wool Brass Band and has gone through a number of name changes trying to remain relevant with the times.
The current concert schedule runs for 10 weeks in the summer months. Concerts are played rain or shine and held in the Bandstand or Town Hall as weather dictates.
Musicians from Middle School age through adults are all welcome. We invite you to browse our pages and read more about this treasure in the heart of Massachusetts.
The Bandstand in Barre
The town of Barre built its first bandstand in 1859. It was located in North Park where the current Civil War monument now stands. Concerts were regularly given on this bandstand and were widely attended. The current bandstand was built in 1931 in memory of Harding Allen, a moving community force of that time.
South Barre Brass Band
During the early years, the South Barre Brass Band, Barre Wool Brass Band and other musical groups performed weekly concerts free of charge to the public. These concerts were popular and well attended. Despite the rise of television and a more mobile society, these concerts have remained a weekly tradition.
The Quabbin Community Band started out many decades ago as the Barre Wool Brass Band conducted by Severino D’Annolfo, a local cobbler and musician who wrote several pieces including the Barre Common March, the American Legion Auxiliary March, Salute to the G.I., and Tranquil and Alert. It later became the Gilbertville Community Band, conducted by John H. Hansen. Shortly after the Quabbin Regional School District opened its doors the band took on its current name. In the 1980’s, Beth Bryant took over as conductor and has conducted into 2006. Peter Lewis, in 2006, became director and will continue the tradition of the band offering free weekly concerts in the town of Barre.