The Hopkinton Town Band performs every Wednesday night all summer long at the Jane Lewellen Bandstand in Contoocook’s Riverside Park. Composed of musicians from all walks of life and ranging in age from high school and college students to senior citizens, the band plays a wide variety of band music from all genres. The band was originally formed in the mid-1800s, but disbanded about the time that World War II began. In 1965, a few local musicians were asked to provide live music for the annual little league parade. That initial outing was followed by a request for another and another and before they knew it the band had been reborn. Today we number from 30 to 40 players and this year alone we had over 25 events.
The Hopkinton Town Band rehearses Wednesdays in the Maple Street School in Contoocook, and welcomes all interested players. Come and play with us — we have a lot of fun. The Band is managed by its directors, original band founder and tenor saxophonist Lucy Gaskill and oboist Melissa Mandrell. We are fortunate to have in our midst Dr. Jim Burkhardt, who continues to arrange music for our band. All of the band’s selections for the Festival are his transcriptions and arrangements.
- More Cowbell – arr. Michael Brown
- Sugar Blues – William F. Dufty, arr. Jim Burkhardt
- Red’s White & Blue March — Red Skelton
- The Jetsons — Hoyt Curtin
- Nessun Dorma — Giacomo Puccini
- Joshua — arr. Paul Yoder
- New York, New York – John Kander & Fred Ebb, arr. Roy Phillipe