The Dartmouth Community Band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is inviting new members to join in.

Neil Sylvia, a band member for about 40 years, stopped by Townsquare Sunday with information about the summer schedule and how Dartmouth residents can get involved.

The first item on the schedule is an Open Rehearsal on Tuesday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dartmouth Middle School on Slocum Road, where band leaders will welcome back returning members and greet prospective new members as well.

Band members range in age from pre-teens to senior citizens.

"We have an open door policy," Sylvia said. "As long as you can read music a little bit, no matter what your level is, come on down. There's a place for you in the Dartmouth Community Band."

Beginning on July 2 at 6:30 p.m., the Dartmouth Community Band will perform every Tuesday on stage in the gazebo at Apponagansett Park. The concerts are free and family-oriented, and will run through the month of August.

"This is a 30-plus year tradition for the Community Band," Sylvia said. "There's an ice cream stand there, a beautiful sunset over the water. It really is something like a Norman Rockwell painting."

The Dartmouth Community Band is also continuing its July 4th Concert tradition outside the old Russells Mills Library off Russells Mills Road. The concert starts at 5 p.m. featuring patriotic music, flag-waving and lots of fun.

If you have questions about the Dartmouth Community Band, contact You can also visit the band's Facebook page, or call Neil Sylvia at the Symphony Music Shop at (508) 996-3301.

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