Formed in 1959 as a marching band to participate in patriotic celebrations in the Town of Concord, Massachusetts, the Concord Band has been a symphonic wind ensemble since 1971. The Band, which has members from more than 30 towns, rehearses most Monday evenings (except during the month of August and a break from mid-December until the new year) at 7:45 PM. The season consists of a dozen or more concerts each year at 51 Walden, the Band's permanent home in Concord, and at its summer home, Fruitlands Museums, in the town of Harvard. The indoor concert schedule is somewhat rigid because of very tight scheduling at 51 Walden, with formal concerts in March and October, sponsored Pops concerts (Friday/Saturday) in April, and the Band's own Holiday Pops concerts (Friday/Saturday) in December. Each winter the Band holds a Young Artist Competition (first held in 1996). The winner performs with the Band in its March or April concerts. Summer concerts (mostly outdoors) include the Boston Band Festival in June (Faneuil Hall, Boston), the town of Concord July 4th celebration, and Fruitlands concerts, which take place on Thursdays in late June and July. In most seasons, several additional summer concerts are scheduled. In recent years, these include concerts in Belmont, Bolton, Boston, Hudson, Newburyport, Pittsfield and Springfield. The Band's fee for a sponsored concert is currently $1,200. The objectives of the Band are several. One is to provide an opportunity for instrumentalists beyond high school age to continue in their development and enjoyment of their participation in a large ensemble. Another is to provide to the community an opportunity to hear the finest in concert band music. The Band is also committed to enlarging the literature for symphonic wind ensemble through the commissioning of new works. Our Young Artist competition recognizes an accomplished high school musician, providing encouragement and a college scholarship.