Rehearsal, August 20th at Maines Field

August 20th from 12:30-2:30 we will be rehearsing at Maines Field in Florence, MA. Rehearsals are open to the public and potential band members.

Honkfest Boston October 7th-8th


An awesome annual 3-day free festival bringing brass bands from all over the United States and the world to Somerville for a celebration of music, community and activism. Organized entirely by volunteers and now in its 12th year, the festival kicks off on Friday night with a lantern parade in Davis Square neighborhoods and a band showcase. On Saturday more than 25 bands take over Davis Square for a giant music and dance party. On Sunday, local community groups, artists, and activists working for a variety of progressive causes — economic justice, protecting the environment, world peace, an end to racism — join the brass bands to make a spectacular parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square along Mass Avenue. Other HONK! Fest activities include a Day of Action, when bands convene to play on behalf of a cause, and roundtable discussions for participating musicians and organizers of other HONK! festivals around the country to gather and share experiences. HONK! in Somerville has inspired festivals near – Providence, Brooklyn, Seattle, Austin, Detroit, and far – Australia and Brazil.

Free as I Want to Be, Friday, July 28


Join us for “Free As I Want to Be,” a music and art event with a focus on the artistic output of people with disabilities. We will play at 10am.

Northampton Summer Stroll, July 22nd


Bring your friends and family downtown for a free summer festival, with live music, food, entertainment, and more! 6pm-9pm on July 22 along Main Street, Downtown Northampton. We will be kicking off the event at 6pm and also playing on the upper Main Street stage at 7pm.

Rehearsal, July 16th at Pulaski Park, Northampton

July 16th from 12:30-2:30 we will be rehearsing at Pulaski Park in Northampton, MA. Rehearsals are open to the public and potential band members.

Interdependence Day July 1st


THE WORLD WE LOVE is in our hands.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE ACTION!

July 1, 2017 • NORTHAMPTON

1 PM : ASSEMBLE IN THE FOUR DIRECTIONS

puppets & regalia supplied, or BYO
• • •
2 PM : PARADE
to Memorial Hall lawn next to Pulaski Park
from the NORTH (Hungry Ghost Front lawn)
EARTH – MAMMALS wear WHITE AND GREEN
from the EAST (County Court House Lawn) Air – Birds & Bees
wear YELLOW

from the SOUTH (Behind Thorne’s) FIRE – HUMANS
wear RED / BLACK

from the WEST (Forbes Library Lawn) WATER – Water Creatures
wear BLUE

… and spread the word about
THE WORLD WE LOVE!

Eric Carle Book Festival, June 25th


12th Annual Children’s Book Festival: Dig It! Build It! Dream It!

June 25, 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

10:30 am
Groundbreaking Celebration (Orchard)

11:00 am
Special Storytime with Tom Lichtenheld (Auditorium)

11:30 am
Book signing with Tom Lichtenheld (Great Hall)

12:30 pm
Cupcakes celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday!

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Happier Family Comedy Show (Auditorium)

2:00 pm
Storytime (Reading Library)

Dr. Seuss Museum Opening, June 4th

The Expandable Brass Band will be leading a parade Sunday morning June 4, starting at 10:30 am in the Sculpture Garden in the Springfield Museums quadrangle. FREE!  Come join the parade!  We’ll end up in front of the Dr Seuss Museum just before the museum doors open at 11:00 am.

We are honored to be participating in this Grand Opening weekend of the Dr. Seuss Museum!

If you want to enter the museum, be sure to reserve your tickets online in advance. The new museum is small, and tickets are for specific TIMES.  Tickets for Springfield residents are free. Tickets for non-Springfield adults are $25 (less for seniors and youth).  “All reservations include general admission to the art, history and science museums, as well as timed entry to the Dr. Seuss Museum.”   See https://springfieldmuseums.org/seussinspringfield/

Ashfield Town Spectacle & Culture Fair , June 3rd

Join us at 4:30pm at The Inn Yard in Ashfield.

Double Edge’s Ashfield Town Spectacle and Culture Fair explores how active participation defines the intersection of art, culture, and democracy. Grown directly from the theatre’s questions about the roots of identity, the Town Spectacle extends this search to include the whole community through a kaleidoscope of history, art, and spectacle. This performance will not take place in a theatre—the territories of the town will be the stage map—and the ensemble will be joined by all walks of the Ashfield, Hilltown, and western MA community.

The event is free and open to the public, and spectators will be free to wander from venue to venue, with a map and schedule provided upon entry. The Spectacle Fair will take place each day from 1-7 with parade down Main Street at 7, leading to a finale at the Ashfield Lake.

Unveiling Event: Rock, Paper, Scissors, June 17th

Join us at 1:15pm in downtown Turners Falls.
Join Turners Falls RiverCulture in celebrating the newest and most prominent public art in downtown Turners Falls, Saturday, June 17th.

Tim de Christopher is an internationally recognized artist and ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS is a much anticipated addition to downtown Turners Falls. The sculpture was selected last Spring from about 30 impressive proposals from throughout the country.

The sculpture is located at the seating area on the corners of Avenue A and Third Street. The afternoon’s activities will be set up on Third Street from the sculpture site to Canal Street. Throughout downtown shops and restaurants will be offering rock-paper-scissors specials!

10:30am
Geology Walking Tour with Steve Winters. Meet at the corner of Avenue A/ Third Street.
Amble your way back 200 million years when Turners Falls was nothing more than a huge muddy lake sitting on a cooled bed of lava! And then, there’s the story of the famous Armored Mudballs – claimed to be found nowhere else in the world but Turners Falls. Steve’s geo-tour of the village should take about 90 minutes.

1:00 pm
Free Hotdogs and Veggie Dogs!
Live Music by The Expandable Brass Band! Sidewalk Sales and downtown specials!
Geology Exhibitions by Ed Gregory and Jurassic Roadshow! Kids can make and decorate their own stone-carver hats!

2:00 pm
Formal ceremony and unveiling of ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

2:30 pm
Music by DJ Shannon
Rock Paper Scissors competition according to International Regulations.
$200 Cash Prize for the Winner and $50 for the Runner-up!
Participants must be age 8+.
$5 donation per person covers the prize money.
Dressing in costume is HIGHLY recommended. Prize for best TEAM COSTUME!
Participation is limited to 64. Please check in your team by 2:30 pm at the festival.

4:00pm
Tim de Christopher will speak about his work. Meet at the sculpture.