With over 60 performers, the Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts has a rich symphonic sound. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region.
For more than 50 years, the Middlesex Concert Band has been contributing to the rich cultural life of the Greater Boston area. Originally conceived as the Redmen's Band, it began as an offshoot of the fraternal organization for descendants of the Boston Tea Party "Indians." Based in its early years in Wakefield and Melrose, it may be recalled as the Redmen's Marching Band, renowned for its colorful and authentic Plains Indian costumes that included full headdress.
In 1974, the Redmen's Band evolved into a wind ensemble and became known as the Middlesex Concert Band. Since then, it has become one of the area's outstanding community musical organizations, made up of more than 60 talented men and women of all ages who volunteer their time and effort to rehearse and perform concerts year-round throughout the Greater Boston area.
The Middlesex Concert Band is chartered to provide an enjoyable listening experience, while helping to educate members of the band and the audience with exposure to a broad variety of music.