of the Band
The band was originally organized in 1986 for an
Amherst PTA play. Under the leadership of Jean Butler, the band expanded from a small
ensemble to a concert band, drawing its membership from both Amherst and
Jean led the band until 2002, when she and her husband Irv retired.
Photos from the early days of the band are available in the Archives.
Patricia McMullen led the band from 2002 to 2012. Under her leadership, the band expanded its performance venues. Patricia decided to retire from conducting to return to the band as a playing member.
Patrick Matthews led the band from 2012 to 2017.
Lisa Hansen was appointed the new conductor in April 2017.
Profile of the Band
The Amherst Town Band is a non-profit organization that operates for the
purpose of providing affordable musical entertainment through public concerts consisting
of a wide variety of instrumental compositions, such as classical, show tunes, big band,
The Amherst Town Band is a traditional town band of volunteer musicians. It strives to provide performances of artistic merit for the benefit of the band members, our audiences, and the greater Amherst community.
Our performance calendar of regular events have included Memorial Day and 4th of July
concerts, Christmas concerts, Mont Vernon Old Home Days parade and concert, Sounds
on the Souhegan summer concert in Milford, NH, and Concerts on the Amherst
Green during August, sponsored by the Milford Rotary and Amherst Lions Clubs. The
band has also performed in Wales, UK, as part of an exchange program with the Milford
Haven Wales Town Band.
The band is also available for parades and private functions. For
booking information, see our Contacts