CANCELED: Fort Allen Park Summer Concert Series: Chandler’s Band
UPDATE: The July 26 concert has been CANCELED due to weather predictions for rain, strong winds and possibly hail. Bummer, we know. Chandler’s Band will return to our concert lineup next summer. The good news: Local Circus will be joining us next Thursday! Friends of the Eastern Promenade will raffle off the pair of tickets to see Mumford and Sons at this Saturday’s Deering Oaks Farmers Market.
Chandler’s Band (Big Band Era)
Fort Allen Park Bandstand, Portland, Maine
Band sponsor: Willey Trust
Hosted by Friends of the Eastern Promenade
Series Supporter: Cabot Cheese
All concerts free!
Food & refreshments available for purchase from Hella Good Tacos
Free water compliments of Poland Spring
Portable restroom on site
Historic Chandler’s Band returns to Fort Allen Park this Thursday
Portland’s historic Chandler’s Band will bring big-band music back to the Eastern Prom at 7 pm Thursday, July 26, for the Fort Allen Park Summer Concert Series.
The Fort Allen Park Summer Concert series, scheduled for Thursday evenings through Aug. 30, features a variety of music, from blues to bluegrass and reggae to big band. New this year: burritos, tacos and other fare available for purchase from Hella Good Tacos, free water compliments of Poland Spring and a portable restroom on site. All concerts will be held in the Fort Allen Park bandstand on the southeastern end of the Eastern Promenade.
Thursday’s concert will feature a raffle for a pair of tickets to the Aug. 4 Mumford & Sons concert festival. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10 apiece, three tickets for $25. Please bring cash or your checkbook – no credit cards will be accepted.
The Fort Allen Park Summer Concert Series is hosted by Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Thursday’s Band Sponsor is the Willey Trust. The Series Supporter is Cabot Creamery Cooperative.x
About Chandler’s Band
Generations of Portlanders have fond memories of gathering around the Fort Allen Park bandstand to hear Chandler’s Band play familiar tunes from the big-band era.
Chandler’s Band started out as the Portland Band in 1833, when Portland was a developing port city with a population of 13,000. The determined and talented Daniel Chandler took over as band leader 10 years later and eventually renamed the group after himself.
During the Civil War, the band served as the First Regimental Band, returning to Portland after the war. Under Daniel Chandler’s direction, the band became Maine’s most prestigious band, playing in cities throughout the Northeast. An incredible 179 years later, Chandler’s Band is thought to be the nation’s second-oldest professional band in continuous service.
Current band members work all around Maine at hospitals, schools, post offices, in the sales and technology fields, as well as serving our country, coming together to play marching music for all to enjoy.
Admire the beautiful scenery of Casco Bay from Fort Allen Park and let Chandler’s Band take you back in time.