Parker brings Band to Woolen Mill Park

Aug 05, 2014
Midcoast Community Band

Warren — The Town of Warren will present a gala concert for all ages Sunday, Aug. 17, between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Woolen Mill Park on the downtown banks of the St. George River. The free concert will feature Midcoast Community Band.

Midcoast Community Band has been performing continually since it was formed in 1986 under the direction of Mary Davis, who promptly left the band in the hands of band members John Parker and John Weeks. Three concerts later, Parker’s wife, Jo Anne, took over the helm and has been directing the band ever since.

Jo Anne Parker has been involved in the Midcoast music community since 1971, as choir director and organist at the Thomaston Federated Church for 26 years; private teacher of piano, beginning organ and voice lessons for 28 years; associate director of Down East Singers under Marion Gray; piano accompanist for SAD 50 and RSU 13 for more than 20 years; pit band director for more than 20 shows, both with SAD 50 and the Watts Hall Community Players; director of several church music festivals; and organist and choir director for Friendship United Methodist Church. She performed with and directed vocal trios APPLe and Orion; and plays the trumpet and the French horn, the latter with the Long Cove Wind Ensemble, made up of six members of the MCCB.

MCCB plays year-round for a variety of functions including parades and concerts, dedications and fundraisers. The band has become a very familiar sight, riding on its own flatbed painted royal blue with its striped canopy top. Its repertoire includes classical music, Broadway show tunes, marches, pop tunes and concert overtures. Members of the band come from all walks of life and all ages, from school students to retired folks, and from all the Midcoast communities. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at the Thomaston American Legion building, behind the business block, and new members are always welcome; call Parker at 372-6737.

Music In the Park concerts feature local musicians. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a refreshments (no alcohol), blankets or lawn chairs; enjoy treats from the on-site ice cream wagon; and relax with Bay Winds North, down by the old mill stream.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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