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. “àPeople from all different backgrounds, all different musical abilities. We come together, and somehow every Wednesday it works,ö 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.