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Viewfinder: Brookline Community Band

The First Corps of Cadets Band of Brookline performs at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale

The First Corps of Cadets Band of Brookline is a volunteer organization with a history going all the way back to World War II when it originated as a "US Coastguard Temporary Reserve band that played at military and civic functions in the Boston area." (from a history of the Firs Corps of Cadets Band compiled by Richard Robb)

Today, the band is informally known as the Brookline Community Band as they hold rehearsals in Brookline and many of its members are from the area. The band rehearses once a week at the on Harvard Street and gives a concert roughly every two months, mostly performing at retirement homes and other similar places in the area.

[Edit: Added a link to the band's new websiteMar. 12, 2012]

Donald Swinchoski August 03, 2011 at 07:46 PM
As former conductor of the First Corps of Cadet Band (1983-1997), I'm glad to know that the band is still around and doing well. I moved to New Jersey and started a community band called the Band of the Two Rivers located near Red Bank, NJ. I keep in touch with Dave Browder annually as we still exchange newsletters. Keep the band going. It's a great way to bring people together in their shared musical interest and continue pursuing their lifelong musical education through performance. Don Swinchoski
Grahame Turner August 04, 2011 at 02:44 AM
That's wonderful! Glad to hear about it. I wish the best for your band down in New Jersey. Thanks for stopping by, as well. Out o curiosity, have you gotten in touch with the Red Bank Patch about the band? It's kind of a cool story.
Anne March 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
To go to the website of the First Corps of Cadet Band (also known as the Brookline Community Band) to learn more - or to join us - go here: http://brooklineband.weebly.com/index.html
Grahame Turner March 12, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Thank you for posting the link! I have added it to the text of the piece (plus, it's here in the comments).

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