At the Italian Heritage Center, February 10, 2009. Photo: Mike Binette

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YouTubes of our last concert: "A Little (or a Lot) of Latin!"
Band News
We have a new name!

This is the first season with our new name "Maine Pops Concert Band". The name was chosen to better reflect the kind of music we play and who we are. We play light classical and popular music, including Broadway, latin, jazz, swing, and other modern concert band music.

MPBN & Community Bands!

MPBN's "Maine Calling" featured "Community Bands in Maine" on July 1, 2014. Our own director, Nina Oatley Walsh and Vice President, Bob Swerdlow joined Diane Moffitt of the New Horizons Band and Keith Shortall on the radio! The show can be found here.

Timely Gift from WWBW

Woodwind & Brasswind, the online musician's site, has donated eleven new items of auxiliary percussion to the band, just in time for our holiday concert!

The new equipment includes instruments needed by concert band: sleigh bells, tambourine, woodblock, slapstick, ratchet, vibraslap and more. You can see them at the concert on December 15.

Many thanks to WWBW!

Health Article on Band

Catching Health with Diane Atwood has a new article about the health benefits of playing in community band, featuring many members of the IHC Concert Band. Diane attended a rehearsal, interviewed many band members and wrote an interesting, flattering, thoughtful article about the band and the impact of music on health. Thanks, Diane!

Band Honored by Police

The Band has been honored by the Maine Association of Police who have presented us with a special award honoring our 9/11 concerts. Here is a copy of the award letter:

On behalf of the membership of both the Maine Association of Police and the Maine Association of Police-Retired, I would like to thank you for the tremendous support the Italian Heritage Center Band and the Biddeford Alumni Band have given to Maine's first responders over the years.

Your participation with the September 11th remembrance ceremonies was a tremendous show of honor and support for those who serve their country and communities. It also brings us together as a community to remember those innocent souls who perished in the largest tragedy of our time. For all your members to give so freely of their time and talent after playing a full concert in their own community the night before serves as an example in putting service before self.

As we draw to the close of 2011, we should not only reflect upon the tragedies we have endured, but the small examples that have been set by others which serve to give us all hope for our collective future. It is also a reminder that you do not have to wear a uniform to be a hero in your community. Your gift of music is just such an example and it is my pleasure to pass along this note of thanks to you and the members of the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band and the Biddeford Alumni Band. Please accept our best wishes for you all for a safe and peaceful holiday season.

Paul Gasper
Executive Director
Maine Association of Police

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Upcoming Events
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Weekly Rehearsals
Wednesdays 7:15pm to 9:15pm
At Scarborough High School Bandroom unless noted
Monthly Board Meetings
Second Wednesday each month at 6:15pm
At same location as rehearsal unless noted
February Break - NO REHEARSAL
Wednesday, February 17
March Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 9 at 6:15pm
Scarborough High School
"All Creatures Great and Small" Concert
Falmouth High School Theater
Saturday March 26 at 7pm
A musical tribute to the animal world, featuring favorites like "Peter and the Wolf", "Jurassic Park", "The Waltzing Cat" and "All the Pretty Little Horses". Submit a (jpeg) photo of your favorite pet or animal for our photo contest to And bring a wish list item or donation for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

Wednesday, April 13 at 6:15pm
Scarborough High School
April Break - NO REHEARSAL
Wednesday, April 20
Scarborough School Concerts
Monday, May 16
Monday, May 17
Wentworth School
Memorial Day Parades
Monday, May 30
Falmouth School Concert
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Falmouth Elementary School
R.B. Hall Day
Saturday, June 25

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