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Performing the rich heritage
of brass music
from the 16th Century
to the present day

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Information About the Band

The Carter Mountain Brass Band is modeled after both American and British brass bands of the 19th century. Brass bands became very popular in the late 19th century as mass production made instruments widely available and affordable. They could be found in almost any town or in factories that sponsored bands as a recreational outlet for their skilled workers.

The Carter Mountain Brass Band has 32 members who play brass or percussion instruments. The band members come from all walks of life. Although skilled musicians, they are not professionals in the sense that they make their living making music. Rather, they have joined together for the sheer love of playing brass music at a high level. Named for Carter Mountain in New Hampton, NH, this year round band reflects the rich heritage of brass music from the 16th century through the 19th century and into the present day's modern music.

Unlike some other groups who use authentic 19th century instruments, the instruments used in Carter Mountain are modern in design and sound. The sound of a brass band varies from sonorous to mellow to bright to bombastic. The brass players show great flexibility in technique, dynamics, and range. The music presented by the Carter Mountain Brass Band includes pieces from the Baroque era through the Victorian period right through to the present day. The music has been carefully researched and edited to maintain its historical integrity while at the same time matching the modern day instrumentation of the group.

Based in Gilford, NH, the Band presents a series of summer concerts each year as well as a spring or fall concert and two Christmas concerts. They have appeared in Gilford, Laconia, Manchester at Stark Park, Center Harbor, Hebron, Hopkinton, New London, and Wolfeboro. Additionally, Carter Mountain took part in the 2008 and 2011 W S Ripley Festival in Bethel, Maine; appeared at the Portland, Maine Historical Society Library Dedication in 2009; and took part in the 2010 Boston Band Festival at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.

Carter Mountain is a member of the Northern New England Brass Association, a group of musical ensembles that joined to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to educate and entertain the public by the performance of brass band music throughout northern New England. The other member groups include the The 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment Serenade Band of Laconia, NH, The Centennial Brass Band of Portland, ME, and The Newmont Military Band of Windsor VT.

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