FULTON, NY – The Fulton Community Band formed 20 years ago in February of 1992. Paul Sherman, an art teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band.
Due to lack of interest and available talent, Paul talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.
Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800s, early l900s with Sousa bands, etc. In our immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.
Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students through those in their 70s.
The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, Church Bazaars, Annual Christmas Concert, Historical Society Ice Cream Social, Community Band Festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts. The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.
An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band composed of seven members of the Community Band. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at City Hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo. The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.
New members are encouraged to join — even if one hasn’t played in many years. Dust off that instrument and join us! Jammin’ meetings are Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the high school band room.
Those interested in having either the Community Band or the Dixieland Band perform for an event, or if you have any questions, please call Fox at 342-2294.