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Band History

The Fanfare Band was created in October of 1987.  Director Al Cochrun, an elementary school teacher, radio personality and choral director had "always wanted a band."  The first Monday night rehearsal had 7 interested people with a variety of instruments, ages and expertise.  Some had not played their horns for many years.  It was decided to practice on Mondays at the George E. Jack school in Standish.  The name of the band was to be "Standish Community Band."  Within a few years, it moved to the School House Theater in Standish and changed the name to " Fanfare Concert Band".  In 1990, it began it's weekly, Thursday evening, summer concerts at the Inn at Poland Spring where it is now in it's 24th year.  A highlight for the band was in  1991 when the Fanfare Band went on a 2 week trip to Scotland.  It was hosted by a pipe band from North Berwick, Scotland and some folks from North Berwick, Maine accompanied it. What a wonderful trip, meeting the people, playing in the concerts with the pipe band, and participating in a parade were once in a lifetime treats.  After the 1992 season, Al Cochrun retired to Arizona and Don Dutil, it's first trumpet player, became the director of the band.  It also changed it's rehearsal venue to the Sebago Lake Congregational Church in Standish and moved to Tuesday nights which is still it's current non-summer schedule.  Don was a high school band director and enjoyed working with an adult band.  His enthusiasm for making music fun and his rapport with the audiences were hallmarks of this run.  Don even conducted during some serious health problems, and it was because of those health problems that he stepped down in December of 2010. The Fanfare Concert Band was fortunate to engage it's next director, Mr. John Hyman, who also had been a band and orchestra director in the public and private schools.  While in the Navy, John directed many civilian and Navy choirs wherever he was stationed.  His fresh ideas and great energies are much appreciated.  This, plus his dedication to the Fanfare Concert Band family is noted by the members.  John has been able to bring the new music alive along with fresh ideas.

Today the Fanfare Concert Band consist of some 30 - 40 musicians whose ages range between 18 to 90 professional and amateurs who play a wide variety of music.  This includes show tunes, marches, patriotic music and many medleys of favorite songs where in many cases the audience has the opportunity to sing- a-long.  You can listen to this enthusiastic, fun-loving musical group just by becoming aware of their schedule which is usually announced in many local area newspapers or visiting the Fanfare Concert Band website at:   www.fanfareconcertband.com .  In January of 2014, John Hyman retired from the band. A new band director was elected after a short period. Jim Sakofsky a trumpet player with many years of directing and playing in bands excepted the position of Band Director.  Jim was only with us a short time when he needed surgery on his shoulder and was unable to continue directing the band. After a short time we were able to get Stan Bucanan, a trumpet player with the band to take over as musical director.  Stan had for many years directing a military band before he began playing with the Fanfare Concert Band.     

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