Nelson Town Band

nelson-logoNelson, a small town 12 miles northeast of Keene, NH is, as stated on the town website, the center of the Universe. The current iteration of the Nelson Town Band started in 1989 when Louise Dierker and her husband Dave Patek, playing drums and flute respectively, marched up the hill from the Nelson Common to the cemetery (a steep ¼ mile) on Memorial Day. Shortly after that they engaged fellow Nelson residents Rick Lothrop, tuba, and Charlie Lang, trumpet. Charlie assumed the role of director, acquiring and organizing music, fielding calls for gigs, and running rehearsals.

Over the next few years the band grew. Folks who had not played for years got their instruments out of the closets and young people, active in the Middle and High School Bands, joined as well. As the band increased in size and complexity, it became desirable to have an official conductor, a role filled by Donna Morse, who had been playing in the band for some time along with the rest of her family. Today, Donna conducts the concerts and parades. The Nelson Town Band plays 20-25 concerts in Nelson and around the Monadnock Region each year.



  • Also Sprach Zarathustra — Richard Strauss arr. Robert Longfield
  • Gee, Officer Krupke — Leonard Bernstein arr. Paul Murtha
  • Fairest of the Fair — John Phillips Sousa
  • To a Wild Rose — Edward MacDowell arr. Robert Sheldon
  • The Huntress – Karl King arr. Andrew Glover
  • A Saint-Sational Trio — Michael Story


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