Head to Belle Isle State Park for a program starring the talented Plymouth Community Band. The performance begins at 3 p.m., July 22, at the Remick Bandshell, located adjacent to the Nancy Brown Peace Carillon tower. Bring chairs or blankets, along with your camera.
Free and open to the public (apart from any Belle Isle State Park entrance fees), the concert is part of MOBIG — the Music On Belle Isle Group — summer concert performance series. As part of their musical mission, members of MOBIG also work to restore the island’s cultural treasures.
The Plymouth Community Band, under the direction of Carl Battishill, is composed of 55-75 volunteer, amateur musicians (winds & percussion) who enjoy coming together to make music in a “concert band” arrangement. Members come from all walks of life, have diverse backgrounds and experiences and range in age from teenagers to octogenarians.
The Plymouth Community Band was founded in 1960, as a German “oompah” band, and has remained intact ever since, evolving into its current concert band arrangement. They are perhaps best know as Plymouth’s “Concerts in the Park” band, due to their long-standing tradition of performing six Thursday night concerts in Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth in June and July. The band rehearses once a week, year round (except for August), and performs other outdoor concerts as well as a slate of indoor concerts during the school year.