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Exeter Brass Band: 170 Years of Local Musical Tradition

Since 1847, the Exeter Brass Band has been filling the air with horns and cymbal crashes.

The New Hampshire ensemble is one of the oldest continuously performing bands in the country. This summer, they’re back at it, doing the usual Monday night run of free concerts from the Exeter bandstand, also known as the Swasey Pavilion.

Locals and tourists drag lawn chairs onto the closed street, or park themselves on the steps of Town Hall, where they take in a steady diet of marches, polkas and Broadway medleys. 

Take a listen to the sounds of this American tradition:

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. He can be reached at tbookman@nhpr.org.
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