At the Italian Heritage Center, February 10, 2009. Photo: Mike Binette
We have a new name!
To better reflect who we are and what we do, the
Italian Heritage Center Concert Band
is now the
Maine POPS
Concert Band
Watch this space for a new logo and other changes...
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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.

Our 25th Season!

MPBN's "Maine Calling" features "Community Bands in Maine" with our own Nina Oatley Walsh and Bob Swerdlow!

This is the 25th season for your local community band. We are bigger and better than ever!

Sign up for Band News to get details of all of the events this season.

Better yet, become a Band Sponsor and help us use music to strength our communities. Contact Bob now!

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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From our director

Ciao! Let me introduce you to one of the finest community bands in Southern Maine: the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band.

Founded in 1988, we provide the opportunity for amateur musicians to enjoy the pleasure of instrumental music. Many of our members had not played for years, but with us have rediscovered the enjoyment of playing in a band.

IHHCB members represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds including nurses, schoolteachers, engineers, housewives, students, and senior citizens. We have a strong sense of community purpose and provide entertainment at nursing and retirement homes, schools and community events, plus concerts at the Italian Heritage Center.

I've been Music Director for this group since 1997 and have seen our membership nearly doubled and the variety and difficulty of music increased significantly. We've taken on several major initiatives, including hosting R.B. Hall Day in 2006, an outreach program to local-area high schools to educate students about community band, and now a cultural exchange trip to Italy in August 2010.

Community Band is a unique musical ensemble and one that I've come to love and champion. With so much of the world focused on professional performance, we provide a place to make music purely for the love of it!

New members are always welcome. There are no auditions or fees. We rehearse weekly from 7:30-9:30pm Wednesdays at the Italian Heritage Center: 40 Westland Ave., Portland.

Whether you are a musician or a spectator, take some time to learn about us; join us for a performance or as a new member!

- Nina Oatley Walsh, Music Director

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
Tall Ships Portland 2015
Maine State Pier, Portland
Saturday, July 18 at 5pm
Retirement Community Concert
Atrium at The Cedars, Portland
Thursday, July 23 at 6:30pm
Summer Concert in the Park
Library Park, Bath
Friday, July 31 at 7pm
It doesn't get any better than this - music in the park in Maine in the summer!
Retirement Community Concert
The Woods at Canco, Portland
Sunday, August 9 at 3pm
Summer Concert at the Bazaar
St. Peter's Bazaar, Federal Street, Portland
Saturday, August 15
The Bazaar is always a great time - join us!

Complete Schedule