The Music in the Park series invites one and all to enjoy an afternoon performance by the Midcoast Community Band Sunday, Aug. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Woolen Mill Park on Main Street.

The Thomaston-based Midcoast Community Band has been making music since 1986. Formed by Mary Davis in April of that year, the original band was about 13 players, growing to

20 or so by the fall. Current director Jo Anne Parker of St. George took over in 1987 and has seen band members come and go, but there has always been a core of musicians able to perform concerts and parades. Recently, Parker welcomed three new members into the band and is excited at the prospect of continuing growth. Membership stays right around 25 or 30 players.

Midcoast Community Band owns its own 45-foot flatbed trailer, which members ride in many local parades during the summer months. It also is selling, as a fundraiser, copies of the book “And the Band Plays On – 25 Years with the Midcoast Community Band,” compiled by late band member Betty Bilodeau and edited by late band member Juni Shepardson, with help on content from Parker.

The band plays a wide variety of music, including marches, Broadway show tunes, pop classics and classical music. Anyone interested in joining the band should call Parker at 372-6737 or come to a Wednesday evening rehearsal at the American Legion building in Thomaston.

Everyone is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. For more information, call  273-2622.

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