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We want to thank all those who supported The Kirby Band, both physically and financially, throughout the year 2021. The band rehearsed outside our facility on our newly created parking lot to keep the social distancing requirements. After approximately six weeks of outside rehearsal, our summer concert series at Kirby Park in Nichols, NY was  presented on the first three Mondays of August.   Concerts were of one hour duration with no intermission or refreshment availability. The audience was encouraged to practice social distancing and could do so in the park setting. The concerts were very successful and well received.The Kirby Band is believed to be the oldest continuously performing community band in the United States, having performed annualy since 1876. The final concert of the August concert series was presented by our affiliate band, Ain't Misbehavin', a smaller unit that could rehearse and keep social distancing within the rehearsal facility.

The Kirby Band completed the 2021 season with a scaled down schedule, beginning with a Memorial Day parade in Elmira, NY followed by a special concert on July 1st for the Grand Re-opening of the Sayre Theater, Sayre, PA, where we performed a program of appropriate movie and show tunes. Participated on July 3rd in the Candor, NY 4th of July parade and on July 10th a regional Firemen's Convention Parade in Owego, NY which had been postponed from 2020.  We were albe to perform 2 outside concerts at senior healthcare facilities and participate in 4 additional parades. In total the band performed 7 concerts and participated in 7 parades. Rehearsals will resume in early 2022.

Ain't Misbehavin', a dance band with jazz ensemble instrumentation, and affiliated with the Kirby Band, performed 8 programs in 2021.  Visit their page on the Kirbyband.com website for information and schedule or at https://aintmisbehav.wordpress.com/
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Renovations & Update Projects This Past Year - 2021

With a generous donation, several electrical updates were completed both inside and outside the building, giving us better visability and safety.

Previous Renovations

With a generous anonymous donation, the soffit area from the side of the building out to the eaves has been repaired to eliminate birds and other criters from getting into the attic of the building from the outside.  Also, a anonymous donor provided funds to replace the back door of the building with a new steel door and the building of a new porch and steps to provide emergency exiting from the building as well as replacing the double main entry doors with steel doors.

Seth Edsell, a member of the Kirby Band, along with his wife, has spent hours working on the foundation of the building, first filling in the holes where loose stones had fallen out, and critters were getting in. This spring he finished the project by adding mortar and finally sealing the entire foundation.  He's a great example of hard work and service to the band.

With a generous anonymous donation, the band was able to design and construct a parking and vehicle storage area in front of, and along side, the Kirby Band Building.  This will facilitate easier access during the winter months and rainy weather conditions.  We also purchased a trailer to transport music stands. chairs, and other equipment to concert sites.

With generous financial grants from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, of Owego, NY and additional funds from  anonymous donors, the Kirby Band building has had major renovations.  The interior walls were sheetrocked and painted.  The walls have been insulated with blown-in insulation.  The floor has been sanded, smoothed and refinished with several coats of sealer.  Foam insulation has been sprayed underneath the floor to keep the cold air from coming in through the seams.  The foam has also stabilized the floor, making it more solid.  The attic area has been completely insulated. Members of the band volunteered their time and worked many hours refinishing the floors and placing the insulation in the attic.  We are very grateful to our many supporters. With a generous anonymous donation, the band wagon was completely refurbished with, a new floor that will sustain the elements of weather, sand blasting and repainting the entire wagon, new undercoating, along with some mechanical updates.  In October 2017, through a generous donation from an anonymous donor, the Kirby Band Building now has a ramp, making the building accessable to all.  Go here to see photos of the ramp and refurbished band wagon. Prior renovations over the past years have included replacing the roof with new steel roofing, refurbishing and painting the exterior of the building, installing new electrical service to the building, updating the interior wiring, and installing electric heat.

New Members
The Kirby Band welcomes all the new members who have recently joined.  Come and be part of the Kirby family.  Rehearsal is held every Monday night at the Kirby Band Hall and rehearsal facility formerly known as the "Old Asbury Church" on West River Road, Nichols, NY, approximately 1 mile west of Tioga Downs.   

Booking the Band
Contact our Business Manager, Judy Moore, (570) 867-1322, email  NJJ5196@gmail.com, or via postal mail to:  The Kirby Band, P.O. Box 105, Nichols, NY 13812.

Funding
The Kirby Band is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and
The Town of Nichols, NY.


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