The Pentwater Civic Band has been filling warm summer evenings with music since 1947. Our concerts are free, and are held on the Pentwater Village Green. Bring a chair or blanket, come early to enjoy a meal or browse the shops along Main Street, and don’t forget to get an ice cream cone afterwards!
Community band concerts were a near universal feature of American small towns up until the advent of radio and recorded music. This tradition still continues in tiny Pentwater, Michigan–population 857 full time residents in 2010.
We welcome all musicians whether you’re 80 years old or still in high school. (We suggest that you plan to arrive at least 20 minutes before the down beat.) Some of our members have played in the group every week for decades, and some of us may only play once a summer. It IS true that we have no conductor, and minimal organization. It is NOT true, however, that we never practice–we do once a year whether we need it or not.
We play a lot of marches, polkas, show tunes, and old favorites. Members funnel their suggestions to the first cornet, who chooses the tune. (We do take requests from the audience, as well.) He then calls it out to the rest of the band, the drums provide the beat, and we’re off and playing.
Our concerts last for an hour, usually from 8 to 9 p.m. from the 4th Thursday in June until the last Thursday before Labor Day. It is a great way to enjoy both the sunset AND wonderful music! We guarantee that you’re going to have a good time regardless of your age, but youngsters will have a really great time. We usually play The Chicken Dance about halfway through the hour, to the kids’ (and our) special delight. The evening ends with a medley of Merrily We Roll Along and Auld Lang Syne.
Whether you want to play or just listen, join us on Thursday nights during our 75th year for an unforgettable summer experience.