Camden Rotary Club will bring three well-known Maine bands to town Sunday, July 3 for this year’s Music by the Sea. The free afternoon of music will run from noon to 4:30 p.m. in Harbor Park and Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. An Independence Day tradition for many years, the free public concert is organized by the Camden Rotary Club and supported by Rotary members, local businesses and individuals.

The music will begin at noon with the Mondaynite Jazz Orchestra in Harbor Park. One of Maine’s top big bands, MoJO specializes in the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. MoJO will play a number of Independence Day favorites as well as an energy-laden mix of big band arrangements.  MoJO is coordinated by Ray Faria of Friendship and directed by Doug Kennedy of Rockland.

Midcoast Community Band will begin its set 1:30 p.m. at the amphitheater. Performing around the Midcoast area since 1986, Midcoast Community Band and their red and white striped vests are a familiar sound and sight. Its program will feature American arrangements that feature both brass and woodwinds. The band is directed by Jo Anne Parker of St. George.

At 3 p.m., Steelin’ Thunder will perform in Harbor Park. Steelin’ Thunder is a dynamic steel drum band that delivers excitement and real world education. Selections will include Independence Day favorites, delivered with a Caribbean flair. This community steel drum band awards scholarships to Midcoast high school graduates who are furthering their education in the field of music. Formed in 2001 under the direction of Mike Miller and based in Rockland, Steelin’ Thunder has 17 members representing eight different towns from Waldoboro to Belfast.

Camden Rotary Club gratefully acknowledges the following donors that have contributed $500 or more for Music by the Sea: Rockport Marine, Inc.; TD Bank; Camden Public Library; Elm Street Printing; Allen Insurance and Financial; McNabb Marketing Resources; Inc.; and Raymond James Financial Services/Glenn Buckingham. Camden Rotary Club uses the contributions to support worthy community projects, nonprofits and scholarships for local students.

Anyone interested in being a sponsor may contact Glenn Buckingham at 230-7200; or Bruce Cole at 236-6196 or For more information about Music by the Sea, visit

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