The Nashoba Valley Concert Band is a volunteer, non-profit organization of musicians from Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Westford, Littleton and surrounding towns dedicated to the preservation of the town band experience through the performance of traditional and modern concert band music for public enjoyment and personal satisfaction
The Band plays public concerts throughout the year, participates in parades, and performs at various functions for the entertainment of the public. The Band offers local school students an opportunity to play and perform with an organized group (especially during the summer months) with the hope that this experience will make us all better musicians.
In the Spring, the Band appears in Harvard at the Apple Blossom Festival and Memorial Day events. During the summer, we play in Fourth of July parades and many concerts throughout the Nashoba Valley community. In the fall, you can hear the band at the Ayer Rotary's Senior Citizens Barbecue and other fall festivals. In the winter, we play for many tree lightings and various Holiday events. The Band has entertained the residents of Seven Hills Pediatric Center in Groton, Apple Valley Continuing Care Center in Ayer, Life Care of Nashoba Valley in Littleton and Westford Rehabilitation Center, at the holidays and throughout the year. The Nashoba Valley Concert Band upcoming concert dates are publicized in the local newspapers.
Our conductor is John Blackwell. He has been conducting us for almost 20 years. He is retired from Oakmont Regional High School in Ashburnham, Massachusetts where he was the Band and Choral Director.
Our assistant conductor is Tim Olevsky. Tim is the Band Director and Instrumental Music Instructor at Ryan Elementary and Wynn Middle Schools in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
Our assistant conductor emerita is Rachael Fletcher. She is the current Band Director at
Ayer-Shirley Middle School in Ayer, Massachusetts.
Now in its 44th year, the Band's first performance was on Independence Day, 1976. Originally called The Harvard Town Band, the Band was formed as part of the national bicentennial celebrations in Harvard, Massachusetts.
The Band celebrated its 30th year on July 4th, 2006. With some reluctance, we changed our name to the Nashoba Valley Concert Band in 2007 to better reflect who we are and what we do.