Central Park Band Shell Receives Grant from Midland Area Community Foundation

- Submitted by Central Park Band Shell Restoration Committee

bandshellMIDLAND, MICH. – September 14, 2011 The Chemical City Band today announced it received a $20,000 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation.  The grant will support the restoration of the Central Park Band Shell, a 1938 structure designed by Alden B. Dow.  The facility has been deemed unsafe due to the condition of the reinforced concrete roof structure.  A variety of non-profit groups, churches, and small bands use the facility to bring free arts and entertainment to the Midland community.

“We are delighted to receive this generous financial support for the band shell restoration from the Midland Area Community Foundation,” stated Bob Johnson, President of the Chemical City Band.  The funds have been placed into the Central Park Band Shell Project Fund.

Over half of the $220,000 project total has been raised to date.  The Central Park Band Shell Restoration Committee hopes to raise enough funding to start the restoration work this fall.  A restored band shell will continue to provide a venue for local artists to showcase their talents for many years.  From the large Chemical City Band to a small folk group to a children’s musical, the band shell allows residents to display their craft with excellent acoustics in an outdoor arena.  Musical Director Jim Huber noted, “The band performed in the grassy area directly between the shell and the benches this year, but we’d love to be back on the Band Shell’s great acoustical stage next summer.”

To donate to the Central Park Band Shell Project Fund, visit www.midlandfoundation.org, or contact the Midland Area Community Foundation at 839-9661.  The Midland Area Community Foundation strengthens our community by providing leadership, fostering collaboration on local needs and issues, and encouraging a legacy of giving through grants, scholarships, and events.

About Chemical City Band

In 2009, the Chemical City Band (CCB) celebrated its 100th anniversary season.  Originally known as the Midland City Band, the group initially specialized in providing music for July 4th celebrations. By 1920, the group was formally known as the Chemical City Band.   During the summer months, open-air free concerts were given at the City’s Revere Park on Wednesday evenings.  This tradition continued until June, 1940, when the Band gave its first performance in a new band shell designed by Alden B. Dow, and constructed near the intersection of Rodd Street and Collins Street.  Since that time, the CCB has continued to perform at the Band Shell on Wednesday nights throughout June and July.

About the Central Park Band Shell Restoration Committee

The Central Park Band Shell Restoration Committee was established in 2011 to raise funds for the Central Park Band Shell.  The committee is comprised of eight volunteers, and includes representatives from the Chemical City Band, the local neighborhood, the City of Midland, and area non-profits.  Community members are invited to join the discussion and share their favorite band shell memories at www.facebook.com/bandshell.