The Chatham Concert Band was organized in 1927 and in 2002 celebrated 75 years of continuous operation. The band is under the direction of BandMaster Vaughn Pugh.
The Band members are musicians from the local area and perform in the following areas:
1) Free public concerts are performed every Wednesday evening in Tecumseh Park, Chatham, Ontario from the last week in June to the first week in September.
2) Christmas Concerts
3) Other municipal functions as requested by local organizations (ie.The Royal Canadian Legion)
4) Parades throughout Chatham-Kent and surrounding counties.
5)Ten church services in Chatham and surrounding communities annually.
6)Local hospitals and Senior Citizens Homes at Christmas.
The organization has subgroups that perform for smaller or on request functions. These are The Dixie Cats (Dixieland music), The Hungry Five Polka Band, The Jingle Bell Rovers Christmas Group and The Primitive Roots Jazz Band, an 18-piece stage band for dancing.
Over the years, the Band has performed for the Queen of England, various Prime Ministers, Ontario Premiers, the R.C.M.P Musical Ride, and at the Canadian National Exhibition.
Members of the Band are volunteers and range in age from pre-teen to 80+. We have a co-ed membership from all economical statuses and careers. Currently, there are 35 active members in the Senior Band and 50 members in the youth groups.
Attendance at the Band's Summer concerts average up to 500 people. Attendance at the other functions depends on the locations.
The Band currently receives financial support from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The Municipality also provides maintenance, hydro and water for the municipally owned Bandshell in Tecumseh Park, Chatham, Ontario. The band has also received funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.