The Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell was conceived as a living memorial of the nation's celebration of its 200th Birthday in 1976. The Band Shell facility represents a special model of community life.
The State of Connecticut and its agency, Manchester Community College, provide the land, by a forty-year lease to the Town of Manchester. The building is owned by the Town and was built by private funds. The Band Shell Board of Directors manages the programming of the summer concerts.
The first concerts were presented in the summer of 1977 and for the past forty years have become a regular part of Manchester's summer season. The number of concerts has varied over the years from the first season of ten performances to 43 in 1986. In 2015, over 10,000 attended 17 concerts. Performers have come from all over the world as well as from Manchester to entertain our audiences during the last quarter of a century.
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