For these past 40 years, the loyalty of our audiences has been a testimonial to the vision of the people who in 1977 worked to create this living memorial, the Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell.
While countless volunteers have given generously of their time to do all the tasks necessary to the operation of the Band Shell, there is one individual who needs to be mentioned by name. Ralph Maccarone, a retired Manchester music teacher, was for 18 years the guiding force who helped bring the Band Shell into being and brought it to a mature and successful feature of our Town.
Even though the Band Shell is an open-air facility, we have carried on in a heavy mist. We have learned that unless a concert is cancelled, there will be an audience no matter how threatening the sky may be. As we look to the future, the Board of Directors invites suggestions for concerts and welcomes new volunteers so that we may continue the tradition of music in the summertime in Manchester.