The Milton Community Band is a community concert band providing fun and camaraderie as well as a musical and educational experience for musicians of all ages. It aims to provide a recreational and entertaining experience for the citizens of Milton, Vermont and surrounding communities.
The band was founded in August, 2001 by John Gordon and Bobbie Moser after organizing an ensemble to play for the July 4th parade in Milton. The band's first performance, in December 2001, was followed in 2002 with a series of summer concerts in Milton, Fairfax, Georgia, and South Hero, Vermont; a performance at the opening ceremony at the Champlain Valley Fair; and a holiday concert in Milton. Since then our music has taken us all over the northwest corner of Vermont.
Our members are a diverse group. The Milton Community Band welcomes musicians of all ages and abilities, without audition. Members include high school students and community members who have returned to music after a break, as well as more experienced musicians. Current members reside in Milton and other towns in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
Mary Tardif, 2022 - present
Randall Argraves, 2020 - 2022
Brian Hoover, 2014 - 2019
Tim Foley, 2012 - 2014
Phil Mears, 2010 - 2011
Mary Bauer, 2008 - 2010
Adam Sawyer, 2006 - 2007
Bruce McRae, 2001 - 2006
Conductor Mary Tardif was a music educator in eastern Connecticut for over 35 years. With degrees in music education and performance from the Hartt School of Music and Central Connecticut State University, she has taught vocal and instrumental music to beginners through adults. Mary has guest conducted the Killingly Community Band and was the director of Webster Massachusetts' Pulaski Brass Band for more than six years. Mary was chosen by colleagues to conduct the Capitol Regional Education Caucus district-wide chorus and band for multiple years. Having recently moved to Milton, Vermont, she was delighted to be invited by a neighbor to join the community band. Mary says, "Directing this fine group is an honor, a privilege, and a lot of fun!"