The Lyme Town Band’s 2017 season marks 36 consecutive years as a performing group. The band actually traces its origins back much further. A mid-19th century exchange of letters between two Lyme musicians, David (D.C.) Hall and his brother, Rhodolph, indicate the existence of a town band in Lyme as early as the 1840s. Over the next 140 years there are occasional mentions of band activity. An 1890s photograph shows the Lyme Cornet Band in dress uniform. A bandstand was constructed on the Lyme Common in 1906, and there are references in the Hanover Gazette to an active Lyme Town Band during the 1950s and early 1960s. In 1981, Lyme residents Bev and Earl Strout, working with then Dartmouth College band director Don Wendlant, revived the band.
Today’s iteration of the Lyme Town Band is comprised solely of volunteer musicians. About half of the membership comes from Lyme. The balance is drawn from musicians that live in neighboring communities.
The repertoire is ever changing and expanding. It includes, patriotic songs, marches, popular show tunes and in recent years an increasing number classic wind band compositions such as Gustav Holst’s celebrated “First Suite in E Flat for Military Band.”
- Algeria – Karl King
- When Jesus Wept – William Schuman
- The Booster – M. L. Lake
- El Caballero – J. Olivadoti
- Chester – William Schuman