News of the Day

THE BAND PLAYS ON…AND ON

by Craig Altschul

The Bristol Band opened its 140th outdoor summer season recently. It plays every Wednesday night at 7 throughout the summer. Approximately 55 members, ranging in age from fifth graders to 80-something-year-old seasoned musicians, played a 1.5 hour outdoor concert in the Roy J. Clark Memorial Bandstand on the town green, said the Addison Independent. While not Vermont’s oldest band, the members think it has the distinction of having the state’s longest continually running streak, playing since its start in 1870. The band’s repertoire ranges from polkas to John Philip Sousa marches to Broadway show tunes and jazz classics. There’s even the occasional rendition of YMCA. “√†People from all different backgrounds, all different musical abilities. We come together, and somehow every Wednesday it works,√∂ said lead trumpeter Michele McHugh. The band has developed a very loyal following over the years, from youngsters to seniors, playing in rain and sunshine. “It’s very Vermont,” concluded 16-year-old Bridgport clarinetist Addison Tate.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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